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In East Africa, Rites of Passage for Girls Focus on Education, Not Circumcision

Half the Sky Movement

For nomadic Maasai groups in East Africa, the transition from girl to woman takes place in an age-old, four-day ritual. The girls are dressed in their finest clothes and adorned with their most beautiful jewelry. Until recently, this ritual also involved female genital cutting, a dangerous practice that causes many painful complications throughout a woman's life. Now, with the help of village elders and international NGOs, cutting has been replaced with lessons on sexuality and self-confidence.

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