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Educating communities on disastrous effects of FGM 'can stop the practice'
Communities must be educated about the effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) in order to stop it from being practiced.
According to journalist and playwright Yvonne Ossei, although FGM is banned in the UK and many parts of the world, it still takes place.
Writing for the Huffington Post, she argued the only way to prevent FGM is to provide education to those communities that still carry it out.
Ms Ossei stated people need to be taught about the "disastrous effects that is has on women and children and ensuring that they are treated as autonomous human beings that have a right to their dignity and integrity".
Her comments come only a short time after women's advocate Fatima Jibrell insisted that new laws against FGM being carried out in Somalia have to be properly enforced if the practice is to be stamped out in the African country, IRIN reported.