The Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa)

31 August 2005

Ethiopia: Harmful Traditional Practices On Women, Children Identified

Awassa — Researches have reportedly indicated that there are 142 harmful traditional practices that cause health problems on women and children among the various nationalities in Ethiopia.

A research paper presented at a panel discussion on causes and solutions of reproductive health problems of women, organized by Medhin Tiwlid, an NGO, in collaboration with Action Aid-Ethiopia, indicated that the harmful practices were identified after an extended study conducted on the life styles of 65 nationalities for the last three years.

The paper presented by the General Manager of Medhin Tiwlid, Mesfin Afework, stated that female circumcision, removal of uvula, abduction, early marriage, marriage inheritance as well as pre and post-natal harmful traditional practices are widely practiced in the studied nationalities.

His paper also stated that the practices are mostly performed on girls below the age of 18 due to which they are exposed to fistula, infertility, various genital infections and HIV / AIDS, adding that the problems are aggravated in rural areas because governmental and non-governmental organizations are mostly concentrated in urban areas.

More than 100 representatives of youth and women, prosecutors, the police, courts, religious and other social institutions have attended the day-long panel discussion held in Awassa town.

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