Rape, domestic violence rising in Mauritania
Rape and domestic violence are said to be on the rise in Mauritania.
According to a demography health survey, large percentage of the female population in the country is being married before the age15.
A Network of Mauritanian NGOs is calling on the government to ‘’reinforce its actions’’ to end violence against women, who make up 53 percent of the country’s population.
The Network is planning to hold a march in Mauritania to denounce the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in the country, where FGM is said to be practiced by 75 percent of women.
With the high illiteracy rate among Mauritanian women, the NGOs Network noted that many of them are victims of harmful traditional practices.
An executive of the Network, Mar Jubero told West Africa Democracy Radio on Thursday that s this affecting Mauritanian women’s physical and mental health.
She however said that some progress was being made in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM.
WADR’s Frank Sainworla has been speaking with Mar Jubero of the Network of NGOs in Mauritania.
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