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Story Publication logo April 26, 2017

Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia Starts Within Communities

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A mother in southern Ethiopia (right) underwent female genital mutilation as a young woman
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Female genital mutilation affects 200 million girls and women worldwide. But in Ethiopia, Bogaletch...

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A mother in Ethiopia who underwent female genital mutilation as a young woman and lost two babies in childbirth as a result. A father who expected to have his daughters cut as dictated by tradition, but who changed his mind. These are some of the people in southern Ethiopia who have been affected by the work of KMG, the non-profit that works to end female genital mutilation and empower poor rural communities in Ethiopia. These photos show people from all walks of life who have changed their attitudes toward FGM. After KMG's initiatives to raise awareness about the harmful impact of FGM, mothers and fathers decided not to have their daughters cut. Young women and men also participated in community conversations and created a shift in their generation. Religious leaders, village elders and other influential people in the community were also important to changing attitudes.

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