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NGOs work to change attitudes to FGM in northern Ghana
The majority of people living in northern Ghana support female genital mutilation (FGM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) co-ordinator has claimed.
In an interview with Radio XYZ, Abubakari Shaibu, the coordinator of Buwda in the Bawku municipality, said recent research suggests that 51 per cent of people in the region support the practice.
Research by Action Aid Ghana found that 50 per cent of girls under the age of 15 have been subjected to FGM in the Bawku municipality.
Buwda and Action Aid Ghana are now working together to educate northern communities about the practice in an attempt to improve the situation.
The World Health Organization states that FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women, but despite this, the authority estimates that in Africa alone, 101 million girls aged ten years and above have undergone the practice.
Posted by Paul Robertson