The rate of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Malian women, aged between 15 and 49 years, has reached 85% and 84% for girls under 14 years, the Malian Family Women and Child Promotion Ministry revealed this here at a conference organised Wednesday ahead of the International Day of Struggle against Excision.
PANA reported that the International Day of Struggle against Excision is celebrated every 6 February.
According to the ministry, the objective of the conference is to assess the present situation despite efforts to eliminate the practice.
Mali comes after Sudan on the list of the worst African countries where this practice is still observed.
The National Programme of Struggle against Excision (PNLE) has intensified its campaign against the practice and has forced 12 new villages in the locality of Kénenkou, Koulikoro and Yorimadio, just outside Bamako, to abandon the practice.
So far, more than 800 villages have abandoned the practice in Mali.
Mrs Kéita Joséphine Traore, PNLE’s coordinator, said a committee had been set up in each village to monitor the behaviour of the women who had practised excision.
She added, however, that the situation gets complicated when people living in region come to Mali to practise excision as they cannot do it in their own country.
Mrs Traore said plans are underway for the Malian National Assembly to adopt, in 2014, a legislation to ban FGM in the country.