The practice is common in many African and some Middle Eastern countries. The 2013 UNICEF* report on FGM showed the practice most prevalent in Egypt, Somalia, Ethiopia and Nigeria Recently Nigeria and Somalia outlawed the practice. Still, it prevails in secret.
Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.
Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.
This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.
As women break barriers and crack glass ceilings in countries like the U.S., in much of the developing world, women and girls still face staggering challenges to their health and well-being. This week seems like the right day to recognize three of them.
Around one in five girls that have undergone FGM have been cut by a trained health care provider. In some countries, the numbers can be as high as three in four girls. There have been reports of some health workers taking payments to perform FGM. This cannot be ignored.
The lack of education and discussion about sex and sexuality is a problematic issue recurring in my community and others. We were indirectly taught our whole lives to just shut up, keep our legs closed, and not ask questions.
When women stand up and defend themselves, it works. Remember -- in 1975, 98% of women were mutilated just like I was. Today, it is 27%. That's 27% too many, but it's also the sign of a revolution. It wasn't handed down on high.
After Nivo repeated her lecture on the immediate and long term risks of FGM, the Chief said, "There will be no more of these." He canceled three of them that were to be done during the next week, saving these young girls from this disfiguring procedure.
Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.