Tanzania’s Female Mutilators Are Leaving the Practice
It’s about time. A combination of social awareness and increased economic opportunities in Tanzania has seen the country’s ngaribas, those who perform traditional female genital mutilation, dropping the gig. The excruciatingly painful practice is illegal, but the traditional ceremony is still widespread, and remains a lucrative profession largely among older women. Some charities have launched skill-development programs aimed at finding new work for cutters — who often underwent mutilation themselves and don’t want to perpetuate it — which might eventually break the practice’s economic model entirely.