Sunday, February 6, 2011

Today’s Video: "Africa Rising"

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, an occasion in which to raise the awareness of the estimated 100 to 140 million women around the world who have had partial or complete circumcisions. Female genital mutilations are more common in Africa compared to other regions of the world though the practice has gradually decreased in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt.

According to the International Organization for Migration the practice of female circumcisions has spread to Western countries but it's still relatively rare in Latin America. Nevertheless, Salvadoran-born filmmaker Paula Heredia focused on the fight against female genital mutilations in parts of Africa. She directed and produced the 2009 documentary "Africa Rising", a very revealing film that includes the following clip:

Online Sources - Voice of America, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle,
Video Source - Women Make Movies via YouTube

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