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

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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. ...

Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation, But Advocates Say There's Still More Work To Do

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact

Before stepping down, Nigeria’s former president made sure his legacy boasted fighting for women’s rights and protections. Goodluck Jonathan si...

Media To Play Key Role In Eliminating FGM

UN Women | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
UN Women

A campaign highlighting the critical role of media in helping to end female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Kenya, Nairobi, last year. The campaign engages global media outlets, particularly in Africa, on how to improve their coverage of the consequences of this practice on women and girls, their families, and their communities.

A Letter To My Children For The World I Imagine In 2030

Jaha Dukureh | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Jaha Dukureh

In 2030, my Khadija, you will not have to conform to any man's rule, you will not be anyone's play-dough, and you will not be moulded into figures of any man's invention. Come 2030, my baby girl, I hope you will be asking your mom about how she helped make this era the girl generation: a time when your children are born free.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Advancing Adolescent Health and Rights: Kenya Can Lead the Way

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This worldwide drive brought together several UN agencies, civil society organizations and donors to reduce new HIV infections among adolescents by at least 75% and increase HIV treatment to reach at least 80% of adolescents living with the virus.

Act Now to End FGM

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

Every year, in Africa alone, three million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation. That's about 8,000 every day.

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...

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

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.

5 Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need to Hear

Catherine Russell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Female genital mutilation / cutting is not an easy subject to talk about. After all, it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

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...

Boggling Billboards: Should Americans Condemn a Cultural Practice?

Raheel Raza | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Raheel Raza

Our country does not confuse freedom with permissiveness, emancipation with indifference. We must care about preserving the rights of our fellow Americans, and not be misled into tacitly supporting the subjugation of some.

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.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

Play Your Part To End Violence Against Women

UN Women | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
UN Women

No area of women and girls' lives goes entirely untouched by violence or the potential for it.

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.

The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

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.