Women Activists in Ethiopia Are Fighting to Eradicate the Dangerous Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Like most women in Ethiopia’s northeastern region of Afar, Zahra Humed Ali underwent female circumcision --just days after Zahra was born her genitals were cut as part of a deeply rooted cultural tradition that has been practiced in her community for centuries. But when Zahra was faced with the decision to carry on the tradition and cut her own infant daughter she refused, even though she was met with pushback from her family and community.

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