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Over 120 million women are affected by FGM. An estimated 2 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year.
DECLARATION: on the Terminology FGM; 6th IAC General Assembly, 4 - 7 April, Bamako
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Wednesday, 06 April 2005

ImageThe sixth General Assembly of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) was held in Bamako, Mali from the 4th to the 7th of April 2005.

The meeting’s focus was to review the progress, the constraints and to identify opportunities for strengthening the caign against harmful traditional practices particularly female genital mutilation.  National committees of the IAC from more than 28 African countries in the African region as well as IAC group sections, affiliates, partners, human rights organizations, donors and representatives from the UN specialized agencies and the Economic Commission for Africa attended the meeting.

The issue of terminology came up as an issue of concern in the 6th General Assembly.  It was observed that there have been attempts to dilute the terminology Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and replace it with the following:  “Female Circumcision”, "Female Genital Alteration”, "Female Genital Excision", "Female Genital Surgery", and more recently “Female Genital Cutting" (FGC).

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2005 )
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Tuesday, 08 February 2005

ImageIn February 1984 at the birth of IAC the term harmful traditional practices (HTPs) was appropriately used to refer to practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), early marriage, nutritional taboos, practices related to delivery and others.

Female circumcision was timidly and sparingly used because of the sensitive nature of the practice especially in the African context.

One important result of all these years of sensitization, education and information caigns is the recognition on the part of a large number of the affected communities of the harmful effects of the practice. Gradual awareness leads to a common usage of the term female genital mutilation at the regional and international levels and even at the national level in many countries.


Last Updated ( Monday, 15 May 2006 )