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World Pulse Correspondent Drives Media Awareness on Breast Ironing

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As a result of World Pulse correspondent Shekina's shocking account of breast ironing in Cameroon, CNN came out with this story on the issue, which was CNN's #1 story on Wednesday evening.

In Shekina's native Cameroon many mothers consider it normal to press hot stones or coconut shells to their daughters' breasts in an attempt to halt breast development and to spare their daughters from unwanted sexual attention from boys. In her heartfelt story, Shekina breaks the long silence on this practice. She raises the alarm on the devastating consequences of breast ironing and urges action to replace this harmful practice with education.

Thank you CNN for listening to the urgency of the voices of breast ironing survivors in Shekina's story and and bringing awareness to this issue.

And congratulations to Shekina who continues to push tough issues affecting her community into the public light.

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gmisao's picture

Shocking, more popular art

Shocking, more popular art and culture needs to address issues such as these

Carrie E.T. Stiles's picture

Thank you World Pulse for

Thank you World Pulse for exploring this difficult subject.

prynkbarua's picture

How many things like this happen

How many things like this happen around the world! And in some cases we are so habituated to these barbaric actions that we even sometimes forget to raise voice. Thanks to Shekina that she is raising the voice.

INSPIRE's picture


It is very sad that mothers had to resort to this to 'protect' their girlchildren. What would i have done if i were in there shoes? Follow suit? No. Certainly this desperation can be averted by providing girl children with sex education and not making them pass through fire. This is regrettable and i commend the reporter for recognizing this aberration as an aberration and shedding light on it. Thanks Shekina. please do more of this


zacyrus's picture

It's sad

is very important to denounce bad practices even if it has become a kind of tradition in society. We must especially women dare to raise voice against this breast ironing. Any time we also need to sensitize and educate those who do not know who the heirs are not the old ones did.

zainab135's picture

Its very sad, but sadness is not enough

Its very sad indeed. At the same time we cannot completely blame the mother for in her view she is protecting her daughter from sexual abuse, wich is very much spread in different ways and in all parts of the world.Women are still looked at as sexual figures even in the most developed countries.

To reach a solution for such problems, efforts has to combine and work towards the society as a whole.

Rene's picture

Its unbeleivable!

Its unbeleivable that in this era such unimaginable torture is imposed on people and to a worse extent that some girls believe its the right way to go. Mothers will do anything they can to protect and train their children. They need guidance and exposure to lawful and better methods of raising children. Am thrilled this horrible act has been brought to light. Let's all we can, everywhere stop cultural practices that endager human beings by educating and teaching people involved proper ways of overcoming challenges and fears.

tuulafai's picture

thank you for the honest reporting

It is sad that we women sometimes believe we must injure ourselves and our daughters to keep ourselves safe from the unwanted advances of men



Your story have really touched my heart. Thank God you brought this to light!

Sanjay Dixit's picture

That is terrible barbaric

This is a horrible thing. It is natural for men to feel attracted to women. It is nature's way of attracting men for reproductive activity. Imagine what a horrible thing it would be if people find ways for men not to have erection and ejaculation - women would never be attracted to men because sexual/reproductive activity will not be possible!!!This practice should be stopped immediately.
Barbaric thing to do.
Mr Sanjay Dixit,Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

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