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Cross-Cutting Issues

The practice of female genital cutting (FGC) has impacted an estimated 140 million girls and women worldwide and it continues to affect at least three million girls annually in Africa. Through their knowledge of human rights, communities choose to abandon this practice, and others, that hinder their development.

In the countries where we work, there are many threats to a child’s healthy development. Lack of access to education, child trafficking, child labor, child/forced marriage, and female genital cutting (FGC) are some of those that our program seeks to address.

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. Yet, they often have less access to education, health, and income as well as less opportunity to voice their opinions and take an active role in decision-making processes. More than half of our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) participants are women and at least nine members of the 17-member Community Management Comittees must be women.

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