Graphic: Women of the Embera Chami, an indigenous group in Colombia, hold workshops against FGM

“Since then, the tradition, which was brought to the tribe 500 years ago by European colonizers, has been resisted in a way that both educates and empowers indigenous women.”

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INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN COLOMBIA ARE LEARNING TO DEFEND THEIR CLITORIS FROM A HEINOUS ACT

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For hundreds of years, the Embera Chami, an indigenous group in Colombia, have preserved a sacred, gendered practice called “the cure,” what it more commonly known across the globe as female genital mutilation (FGM), the partial or total removal of a female’s genitalia. Today, this “purification process” is being challenged by indigenous women in the community.

Midwives, Embera women’s primary assistants during childbirth, are coming together to hold workshops and discussions about the dangers of FGM, how and why women should protect themselves and to demystify what has long been held as a venerated cultural practice.

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