Africa: New Report on Using the Digital Revolution to Combat Female Genital Mutilation
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:45 PM

A new report has been released regarding how youth, new information and communication technologies (ICTs) have impacted female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. Since the digital revolution, there have been many international initiatives campaigning against practices of FGM. The increasing use of ICTs has helped to spread awareness in Africa, where FGM is traditionally practiced in many areas.

The report also found that youth have played an instrumental role in this digital movement against FGM. ICTs have enabled young Africans to participate in the democratic processes, providing a forum for their voices to be heard. The information society has led to more progressive beliefs, ones that include a concern for gender issues. As ICTs continue to engage youth in public participation, awareness about FGM increases, as does the likelihood of its decline.

Compiled from: Confronting Female Genital Mutilation: The role of Youth and ICTs in Changing Africa, Slate Afrique, WUNRN, IDRC, Africa: Digital Revolution Against Female Genital Mutilation (22 August 2011).