Movement against female genital mutilation 'sweeping Senegal'

A movement opposing female genital mutilation - the practice of cutting off a girl's clitoris or labia - is sweeping across the African country of Senegal.

This is according to the New York Times, which said around 92 million women across the world have undergone the traditional procedure, but thousands of villages in the nation have now vowed to never commit the act again.

Senegal's government banned the practice more than ten years ago, but some people continue with it, although it is becoming less popular as a campaign group called Tostan - or Breakthrough - pushes for its eradication.

Dr Nafissatou Diop of the United States Agency for International Development told the news provider: "The programme is transformative and I love that as an African woman ... but we need to move faster."

Acting chair of the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa Mfanozelwe Shoz recently wrote in an article for Sowetan Live that female genital mutilation is one of the issues holding back women's rights in the country.

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