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Music Video About Vaginas Reminds Men They Don't Control Women's Bodies

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.10.2017 | Impact

Experts have long held that allowing any form of female genital mutilation to exist is damaging, and regressive. But since some people aren’t convin...

In a gender equal world, girls must have choices for their future

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 02.03.2017 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the fu...

The Best And Worst Sex Stories From The Last Year

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It was a difficult and challenging year, especially seen through the lens of sexual health. It was a year in which politics came close to displacing sexual politics as the most-talked about topic on therapist couches.

Men Are Obsessed With Using Sex To Control Women

Walaa Chahine | Posted 10.05.2016 | Women
Walaa Chahine

From birth control pills to female genital mutilation, men are obsessed with the idea that sex should determine the way women live, if only to serve the male ego.

Egypt Increases Jail Terms For People Who Perform Female Genital Mutilation

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has approved a law that will increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcisions, raising the maximum sentence to s...

U.S. Steps Up Plan To Protect Girls From Female Genital Mutilation

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States unveiled plans on Thursday to ramp up efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) after fig...

Mapping FGM: Building A Global Picture Of Female Circumcision

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 09.22.2016 | World

The practice of female genital mutilation is declining in 14 countries, according to a new report by the Population Council, which offers fresh insigh...

Egypt Cracks Down On Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Impact

Three months after a teenager died while undergoing female genital mutilation conducted by a doctor, Egypt is cracking down on the practice. The Egypt...

Teen Dies During Female Genital Mutilation Procedure In Sierra Leone

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a teenage girl in Sierra Leone during a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure performed ...

Nearly 6,000 Newly Recorded Cases Of Female Genital Mutilation In Britain: Report

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact

Recently released data collected from medical professionals in Britain reported 5,702 “newly recorded” cases of female genital mutilation. But exp...

More Men Than Women Oppose Female Genital Mutilation In These Countries

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 07.19.2016 | Impact

In some countries, men oppose female genital mutilation at a higher rate than women ― even though it is considered an act of violence against women....

When Storytellers Connect

Chika Oduah | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Chika Oduah

I learned about a documentary film project called, Nancy: A One Girl Revolution. Nancy is a young girl living in the remote hills of Kenya. Her world ...

Economist Editorial Claims 'Minor Forms' Of Female Genital Mutilation OK

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

Activists are up in arms over an article suggesting “minor forms of genital cutting” should be permitted. An editorial published in the Economist ...

This Female Genital Mutilation Survivor Teaches Victims How To Enjoy Sex

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact

Three days after Sarian Karim Kamara was cut, she was permitted to remove the cloth that covered her aching genitals. When she looked down, she saw he...

Egyptian Teen Dies From Female Genital Mutilation Performed By Doctor

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact

A teenager in Egypt died while undergoing female genital mutilation conducted by a physician. Officials and advocates are urging medical professionals...


Harpreet Kaur | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Harpreet Kaur

We live in a patriarchal world but FGM is an issue that is practiced in different countries where the pressure for this to happen is not just necessarily directed from men as form of domination. It is deeply imbedded in some cultures by women to be enforced on girls and women, as a way of life and often related to religion.

Response to David Pakman and the Troll Army

Sulome Anderson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Sulome Anderson

I've experienced some trolling before, but was unprepared for the level of cruelty and viciousness Pakman's fans -- with his constant encouragement -- have displayed.

FGM Guidelines Urge Physicians To Treat Practice As Abuse Not 'Cultural' Issue

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact

During the four days Sarian Kamara spent in labor with her eldest daughter at a London hospital, doctors and nurses filtered in and out of the deliver...

Former Refugee Fights For Her Dream To Abolish Female Genital Mutilation In Somalia

Women & Girls Hub | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.04.2017 | World

Somalia could soon pass legislation that bans all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM), thanks in part to Ifrah Ahmed, a former refugee and Irish ...

Kenyan Parents Fearing Ban On Female Genital Mutilation Secretly Get Girls Cut At Night

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Jade Walker | Posted 05.18.2016 | World

COPENHAGEN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan families wanting their daughters to undergo ritual genital cutting are increasingly arranging for it ...

Here's Why FGM Is On The Rise In Country Where 97% Of Girls Undergo Procedure

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.26.2016 | Impact

Female genital mutilation is on the decline worldwide, but is seeing an increase in support in Guinea where girls feel overwhelming social pressure to...

Somalia's Prime Minister Is 'Committed' To Ending Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.25.2016 | Impact

After hearing an outpouring of concern from more than 1 million protesters, the prime minister of Somalia has vowed to put an end to female genital mu...

In Remotest Mali, A Hero on International Women's Day

Juliet Sorensen | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Juliet Sorensen

Laya is extraordinary. But she is not unique. Around the world, Layas work every day to advance the rights of women and girls while shouldering extraordinary personal responsibilities. Their achievements are largely unheralded.

Ethics journal offers insane compromise on female genital mutilation

Dan Arel | Posted 02.25.2016 | Women
Dan Arel

An estimated 200 million girls and women alive today have been victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) around the world. FGM is a religious and cul...

Gynecologists Propose 'Nicks' As Compromise To Female Genital Mutilation

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries that have banned female genital mutilation (FGM) should allow less invasive practices such as small su...