Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan, project director of the female genital mutilation/cutting research pogram for the Population Council, emphasized to NPR that in order for new rites of passage to successfully replace cutting, a girl's entire community must be accepting.
“For such celebrations to succeed as an ongoing alternative to cutting, the entire community must be accepting, says Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan, project director of the FGM/C (the "c" is for cutting) research program for the Population Council. That means chiefs and elders, fathers and mothers, even the traditional cutters. It can take six months or more of meetings before a community agrees to abandon FGM and accept alternative rites.”
Read more at NPR.