Inter-African Committee (IAC) on Traditional Practices

affecting the health of women and children

Linked with A public pledge to end Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting in Gambia, and with Islam and Female Genital Mutilation.

Every year, an estimated 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) … IAC works to promote the basic human rights of women and children by campaigning against FGM and other harmful traditional practices while promoting beneficial practices … (full text Homepage).

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What is FGM; Legal protection; FGM policies; Forum; Donate; Links;
Addresses: Headquarters IAC, C/o ECA P.O. Box 3001, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
International Liaison Office: 145 Rue de Lausanne, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland;

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  • OUR VISION: IAC’s vision is a society in which African women and girls fully enjoy their rights to live free from the effects of harmful traditional practices.  »
  • OUR MISSION: The mission of IAC is the promotion of gender equality and justice by eliminating harmful traditional practices, to enable African women to participate fully in the social, cultural and political development of their continent.
  • Guiding principles: IAC uses education and information to bring about positive and desired changes in attitudes and to build the capacity of affected communities to reject harmful traditional practices.


  • Origin: The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) is an International non-governmental organization, created in February 1984, at a seminar in Dakar, Senegal. It started with 20 African countries. To date, the organization has National Committees in 28 African countries and Affiliates in 8 European countries, USA, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.The Inter-African Committee (IAC) has its headquarters in Addis Ababa and has a liaison office in Geneva, Switzerland.Structure: IAC is a membership organisation with National Committees in 28 African countries and 15 Affiliates/Group Sections in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and New Zealand … (full text about).


FGM on wikipedia;

Video-results for FGM;

Uganda: Minister, Legislators Clash Over FGM Bill, June 22, 2009;

Google News-results for FGM.

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