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아프리카 지역의 악습 여성 할례(FGM) 철폐를 위하여..

2009.11.16

* Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in the Cheha District of Ethiopia
* 시간: 02 min 38 secs
* 촬영도시: Cheha province & Addis Ababa
* 촬영국가: Ethiopia
* 촬영일자: 01 Aug 2009


Meleichi used to be a well-known female circumciser in the Cheha district, in Ethiopia. She works in this small workshop more than eight hours a day. And even though making pots is tiresome and less profitable, she still prefers it her previous occupation as a circumciser.


SOUNDBITE (Amharic) Meleichi, Former Female Circumciser: My life was terrible then, the moment I closed my eyes, I dreamed of girls screaming. I won't do it again for whatever money I am offered.


Meleichi's choice to abandon female genital cutting is a brave statement in a country where it is largely believed that a girl that is not circumcised will "misbehave" and be "disobedient to her husband.


In response to the magnitude of the problem, the Regional Women's Affairs Bureau, in partnership with UNICEF, started implementing Abandonment of FGM and Cutting.


SOUNDBITE (Amharic) Bizunesh, Women's Affairs Bureau, Cheha District: "We selected six facilitators from each sub-district. They usually are influential in their villages. They might be religious leaders, elders, health extension workers, administrators of sub-districts, and leaders of women's associations or youth associations. The issue of FGM was also discussed at the Pan African Parliament Women's conference. The conference aimed to create a platform where women could express themselves, come up with strategies to tackle the problem and dispel
the myth behind the traditional practice.


SOUNDBITE (Amharic) Tadeletch Shanko, Former Circumciser and FGM victim: "I have circumcised girls for 15years because according to our culture, if a girl is not circumcised she will misbehave and be disobedient towards her husband. But now that I have participated in community dialogue, I understand that I lost 7 of my nine children because I was circumcised."


Through community dialogue the practice of FGM can slowly be abandoned, but there is still a long way to go. In Ethiopia and across Africa campaigns on FGM are essential to bring the fulfilment of the rights of girls and women into a more and immediate reality.

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