BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
Woman's Hour - Weekdays 10-11am, Saturdays 4-5pm
Listen online to Radio 4

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

Excision in Mali 19 Mar 2007
In Mali, an estimated 90% of adolescent girls undergo female genital cutting - also called female genital mutilation or excision. In the past, this was a ritual for adolescent girls. But a recent report by the children's development organisation, Plan Mali, has found that the average age is now less than one year. One of the reasons for this is that individual excisions of infants are easier to hide from the authorities than group initiation ceremonies of teenage girls.

Cutting infants increases the risk of serious physical consequences and health workers report that they are now seeing more and more women with reproductive health complications. Although progress is being made in some areas of Mali to eradicate female genital cutting, in other regions there's been a backlash to abolition efforts.

Plan Mali
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Recent items about International
22 March 2010: Indian solar engineers
16 March 2010: Latvian women
More items in the International Archive
Listen now to the latest Woman's Hour
Listen Now
Latest programme
Listen again to previous programmes
Listen Again
Previous programmes

Retired? Downsizing? Moving home to be nearer the kids?

We'd like to hear your stories about moving house

Image: Find out how more about the Woman's Hour podcast
More about Woman's Hour podcasts

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy