Ethiopia set to stop HTPs by end of GTP period

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Addis Ababa, 2 December 2013 (WIC) – Ethiopian Ministry of Youth, Women and Children Affairs (MoYWCA) said it is set to stop harmful traditional practices (HTPs) by the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period.

YWCA Minister, Zenebu Tadesse, told WIC activities are underway to decrease female genital mutilation (FGM), one of the harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children, to 0.7 per cent by the end of the GTP period.

As a result of the works done to end HTPs, the practices decreased from 74 percent in 1997 EC to 37 percent in 2000 EC, Zenebu indicated. The prevalence of FGM in girls (0-14 years) was also brought down to 23 per cent.

Zenebu attributed the achievement gained so far to a range of initiatives and strategies used by MoYWCA. “The success was attained by raising awareness of the community using women development teams as well as church and clan leaders,” she said.
According to Zenebu, Ethiopia shared its experience in reducing HTPs at the International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) held in Rome, Italy from 21-25 October, 2013.

During the conference, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso were revealed among the top countries that succeeded in reducing harmful traditional practices significantly, she said.

There is a plan to decrease female genital mutilation to 0.23 percent at the global level by 2023, it was noted.

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