How Genital Cutting Practices Have Changed in Tanzania

There have been many global campaigns to end the cultural practice of female genital mutilation and cutting worldwide but the practice is still prevalent in many African countries. In the Masaai ethnic group found in Kenya and some northern parts of Tanzania, circumcision of both boys and girls use to function as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood but this is slowly changing. Although most Maasai people are aware of the campaign to end this practice, to avoid prosecution, many families still secretly carry out this practice. If genital cutting no longer equates to the transition from girlhood to womanhood, why then do so many families continue with this practice?



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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practised on women and girls in some tribes in Africa. (file photo).

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