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Female Genital Mutilation

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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.

Rising to End FGM - Agnes Pareyio

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
One Billion Rising

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.

Female Genital Mutilation

Phil Latessa | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Phil Latessa

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.

Mary Did Not Have a Great "Day of the Girl Child"

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Rebecca Tinsley

The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.

#ENDFGM: A Tipping Point for Female Genital Mutilation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

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.

8 Truths About Violence Against Girls. Plus Who's Fighting It And What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact

Saturday marks the third annual International Day of the Girl Child, and the UN is focusing this year's advocacy efforts on preventing acts of violenc...

Bill Maher Doesn't Know That FGM Is on the Rise in the West

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Zarqa Nawaz

Bill Maher's been busy telling the world about the poor treatment of women by Muslims, bringing up female genital mutilation or FGM as evidence. And Reza Aslan did an admirable job correcting his many misconceptions.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Do Men Hate Women?

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
June Eric-Udorie

I'm not a man-hating feminist, I'm simply stating the facts -- men are so threatened by women that they are willing to go to extreme lengths to control us and hate us so the system of patriarchy thrives and continues.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Addresses Yale

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born atheist known for her harsh criticism of Islam, addressed a crowd of 300 at Yale University Monday night, in spite of t...

"Vagina" Is Not a Bad Word

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
June Eric-Udorie

I am angry because we live in a society where discussing vaginas and FGM is simply not done. Thousands of girls in the UK alone have been subjected to this barbaric practice.