All in the Family

At 49%, Indonesia’s rate of female circumcision is the third highest in the world—despite laws banning the practice.
 
What keeps it going? In Indonesia, female genital mutilation is rooted as much in family tradition as in religion, according to new research from Gajah Mada University. The practice is still passed down from generation to generation—and the vast majority of women and girls still approve of it, according to a 2017 survey.
 
To really rid Indonesia of FGM, advocates say, the government must enforce the ban and convince people to reinterpret their religious interpretations of FGM—a practice that actually predates Christianity and Islam, according to the UN.
 
VOA

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