New York Times: Declines in Female Genital Cutting in Senegal Will Soon Be Evident According to Tostan Director

Monday, July 22, 2013: According to an assessment by the United Nations Children Fund, teenage girls are now less likely to have been cut than older women in more than half of the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated.

According to Molly Melching, Executive Director of Aid for Africa member Tostan – which leads a growing social movement in Senegal to stop the practice – declines will start being seen in that country in 2020 when girls who would have been cut grow old enough to participate in household surveys. The report found that while the practice is sometimes seen as a patriarchal effort to control women’s sexuality, it is often women who carry it out, and in a few countries, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Chad, more men than women support its abandonment.  Read the article