Tanzanian Children to Benefit from FGM Education at School

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Tanzanian children to benefit from FGM education at school
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Mar. 30, 2015
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Special clubs educating children about female genital mutilation (FGM) have been set up in public schools in the Tarine District of the Mara Region of Tanzania.

The aim is to raise awareness of the practice, which was made illegal in the East African country in 1998.

According to the online news provider, The Daily News, this scheme is part of a wider campaign against FGM, child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the area.

It is being delivered by the Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF), a not-for-profit organisation based in Tanzania that “works to promote and reinforce the rights of vulnerable children”.

Around 3.5 million girls and women have been subject to FGM in Tanzania. CDF says that it has saved more than 18,000 girls from this harmful practice since it formed.

While experts agree that incidents of FGM are decreasing in Tanzania, it remains commonplace in rural parts of the country.