Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices A (IAC)

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Address Rue de Lausanne 147, CH-1202 Genève
Phone +41-22-731 24 20
Fax +41-22-738 18 23

Activity summary:

The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children is a non-governmental organisation working to promote the health of women and children in Africa by fighting harmful, and promoting beneficial, traditional practices. The Inter-African Committee was created in 1984, at a seminar in Dakar, to implement the recommendations made on the issues discussed: certain practices related to delivery; female circumcision; nutritional taboos and forced feeding of women; early childhood marriage; the promotion of good traditional practices, such as breast feeding and baby massage. Since its creation, IAC has set up national committees in 26 African countries and it has groups/sections in England, France and Sweden. IAC conducts training of opinion leaders to bring about attitudinal change, it publishes information materials on female genital mutilation (FGM), conducts research and plays advocacy for the protection of the human rights of women and girl children.