Local groups in Cameroon work to eradicate ‘breast ironing’

    | March 4, 2013

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    In line with this week’s focus on making progress against cultural practices that are harmful and disempowering to women, our script of the week highlights the work of NGOs which are working to raise awareness and stop breast ironing.

    Breast ironing involves massaging and pounding young girls’ breasts at puberty with hot objects such as traditional sticks, pestles and bananas. The object is to stop the breasts from growing so as to limit or stop sexual advances from men. The effects are often painful and psychologically damaging, and the scars both physical and psychological.