The Embera, a Colombian indigenous group, have vowed to stop practicing female genital mutilation (FGM), reports El Tiempo.
Two years ago the Embera decided to suspend the practice and research its cultural origins. During that time period the UNFPA worked with the Embera to help them understand the impact of FGM on the women’s rights.
UNFPA Colombia says that the decision is “of historical importance in the country, as it has been a central space for discussion and participation of Embera’s women,” and is a step towards improving the “health and the rights of Embera women.”
The decision is the result of “Proyecto Embera Wera,” a collaboration between the UNFPA, Colombian officials and Embera leaders.