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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...

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

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...

Transforming Mandera County's Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

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.

I Learned to Follow, and Real Change Happened

Archi Pyati | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Archi Pyati

I remember writing two years ago about how much support young advocates like Jaha needed. Now I can see that Jaha's journey has been transformative, not just for her, but for me. I am humbled to see someone so young leading us all as we fight for equality for girls and women, and to make this country a better place.

Somalia, Where 95% Of Girls Undergo Female Genital Mutilation, May Soon Ban Practice

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact

Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world, but the country may soon bring that figure down to zero. Currently, ab...

One Year After the Girl Summit

Heather Barr | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Heather Barr

At the Girl Summit, Cameron described the need for "a global movement that doesn't end here, a global movement that starts here." He and Sheikh Hasina should both do more to make that happen.

'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. ...

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...