Ethiopia vows to put an end to female genital mutilation

The Ethiopian government is making a move to eliminating the instances of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage by 2025.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, announced this on tuesday by revealing a package of action to tackle the issue at a global summit in London, which was  jointly hosted by the British government and Unicef.

“Our approach puts girls at the heart of our commitment, working closely with them, their families and communities, to end these practices for good and break the cycle of harmful traditional practices,” -Demeke Mekonnen

According to the Ethiopian Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, Zenebu Tadesse, the national rate of female genital mutilation has decreased by half among girls aged 14 and under, which is from 52% in 2000, to 23% in 2011. She also reported that the national prevalence of child marriage declined from 33.1% in 1997, to 21.4% in 2010.