On International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, let's celebrate the activists around the world who are standing up for the safety of girls everywhere. They are fighting -- sometimes at great risk to their own safety -- to end this practice.
It is clear that femail genital cutting is a social norm in Indonesia as much as in parts of West Africa, where social change programs have enabled communities to abandon the practice. But what is different is the lack of awareness that FGC is an issue.
Some American doctors are recommending that maybe just a little clitoral cutting in pediatricians' offices across America should be acceptable as a way to keep more extreme forms of FMG from happening.