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The SASA Initiative: Changing Mindsets About Female Genital Mutilation in Kween District in Uganda

By Namuli Hasifah (Lead Writer) Born and raised in Atari Village, Kaptoyoy sub-county, in the Kween district of eastern Uganda, 23-year-old Mercy Chebet was married off at the tender age of 14 and had her first child at 15. Kween district is one of the regions that still practices female genital mutilation (FGM), despite being […]


Winning the Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Cross River State

By Violet Ikong (Lead Writer) Female Genital Mutilation is a harmful cultural practice that violates the rights of girls and women. Although Nigeria’s Violence Against People Prohibition Act criminalises it, FGM is still common across the country. The Center for Social Value and Early Childhood Development (CESVED), a non-profit run by Gift and Augustine Abu […]

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Five big issues at the International Conference of Midwives in Abuja

  May 5 was this year’s International Day of the Midwife. To commemorate this day in Nigeria, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) hosted the first Global Midwifery Conference in Nigeria on May 4th and 5th. With Nigeria accounting for the […]