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Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia Bans Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact

Gambia, a small West African nation where about three quarters of girls have undergone female genital mutilation, has banned the brutal practice. Hee...

Blake Lively Raises Awareness For Rise Of Female Genital Mutilation In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact

There’s been a whole lot of hype lately surrounding Blake Lively’s fit post-partum figure, but the actress is focused on bringing attenti...

New British Law Requires Doctors To Report Female Genital Mutilation Cases To Police

AP | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact

LONDON (AP) -- A new law requiring professionals to report cases of female genital mutilation to police for those under 18 is being introduced in Eng...

Illuminating Women's Voices From Within

Mariane Pearl | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Mariane Pearl

Bonding through our stories is crucial because it can create a global dialogue in which each voice matters as opposed to the cacophony of opinions we tend to replace them with. Connecting the dots between your life and those of others is what women do well. Now is the right time to help women and girls tell their stories.

Guinea Liberate

David Mixner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
David Mixner

In order to deflect from its record of torture and lack of any human rights, the government has attempted to make the LGBT community and women scapegoats. These two groups have suffered greatly under the current government and the military.

LA Chapter of UN Women Discusses Female Genital Cutting

Maryam Zar | Posted 08.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

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.

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

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.

'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

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.

App Fights Female Genital Mutilation By Arming Girls With Information

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

While the U.K. government has made grand statements about ending female genital mutilation, advocates are concerned about a lack of action, so they’...

Sierra Leone's On Track To Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone's decision to back an international treaty on the rights...

Girls Are More At Risk For Female Genital Mutilation In Summer. Here's Who's Helping

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

There is nothing relaxing about summer if you’re a girl at risk for female genital mutilation. When school lets out, countries that still practic...

Here's How Female Genital Mutilation Crushes Girls' Voices, Dreams

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2015 | Impact

Warning: Video content could be disturbing for some viewers. For some girls at risk of female genital mutilation, summer isn't much of a vacation. ...

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

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.

3 Women's Health Issues Every Thinking Man (and Woman!) Should Know About

Kate Grant | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Kate Grant

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.

Female Genital Cutting in a Medical Environment: A Dangerous Trend

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

We say FGC can end in the next generation, but once the practice is legitimized like this, it becomes more and more of an uphill task. We call on international organizations and others to step up.

Activist Who Underwent Female Genital Mutilation Helps Girls Escape Practice, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

Kenyan activist Agnes Pareyio opened up to HuffPost Live about undergoing female genital mutilation, or FGM, and why she's since dedicated her life t...

Pope Condemns Violence Against Women

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis on Saturday condemned female mutilation and domestic violence against women, calling them degradations that had to be combated. ...

Little-Known Surgery Restores Sexual Pleasure To Female Genital Mutilation Victims

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact

Female genital mutilation is on the rise in the U.S., and a number of doctors here are ramping up their efforts to reverse the damage the practice cau...

Men Break Down Watching Footage Of Female Genital Mutilation, Vow To Speak Out Against Practice

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact

Sometimes it takes a glimpse into a dark reality in order to spark positive change. In a video produced by advocacy group Safe Hands for Mothers, y...

Report: Female Genital Mutilation Risks In U.S. More Than Doubled Since 2000

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact

By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of women and girls in the United States at risk of female g...

Calling On Health Workers To Mobilize To End Female Genital Mutilation

Nafissatou J. Diop, PhD | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Nafissatou J. Diop, PhD

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.

Sex is Haram

Coming of Faith | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Coming of Faith

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.

Ebola Could Put A Stop To Female Genital Mutilation In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

Ebola has devastated Sierra Leone, but has also brought some unexpected solace for the women and girls there. The country has temporarily banned fe...

Jimmy Carter: Global Women's Issues Represent 'Worst Human Rights Abuse On Earth'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women

Former President Jimmy Carter is a dedicated figure in the fight for women's rights. In a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, Carter re-emphasized the...

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.