Nigeria’s youth turn to social media to report FGM: activists

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Armed with mobile phones, young people across Nigeria are turning to social media to discuss and report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a country where a quarter of girls and women have been cut, activists said on Tuesday. While press freedom in Nigeria is limited, social media is rising in popularity and has been used to draw the attention of local and national authorities to violence against women and girls, according to anti-FGM charity 28 Too Many. “Lots of young people are speaking out about FGM – whether it is Twitter chats, blogs or webinars,” Nigerian activist Kelechukwu Nwachukwu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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