"Before this breast band, my mother used the grinding stone—heated in the fire—to massage my chest. Every night my mother examines my chest (and) massages me, sometimes with the pestle." - Josaine Matia, 11 years old (Yaounde, Cameroon).
Jordanian officials have joined hands with the private sector to fight violence against women, launching a 5-year project that will attempt to rectify misconceptions about this phenomenon and provide aid to victims, say women rights activists.
Promising to fight the practice of FGM should be a winning strategy for someone hoping to be elected to parliament this Saturday in Sierra Leone -- where about 90 percent of girls and women undergo FGM, according to rights watchdog Amnesty International.