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Female Genital Cutting

"Vagina" Is Not a Bad Word

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

After the Girl Summit: How Can We Hold the Attention of 900 Million People?

Kara Brown | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Kara Brown

He questioned why a woman who had been cut would let her own daughter suffer the same fate, so we talked about societal pressures on women and girls. This small exchange was the cherry on top of a motivating few days at the world's first girls' rights summit in London.

Disturbing Trend Has U.S. Girls Facing Genital Mutilation Abroad

The New York Times | Posted 06.11.2014 | World

ATLANTA — Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali descent fled her parents’ home in a suburb here after she discovered that a coming vaca...

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

One European City Treated 4,000 FGM Victims

Posted 03.20.2014 | World

Nearly 4,000 women and girls have been hospitalized in London for female genital mutilation since 2009, according to figures obtained by the BBC. ...

This Shocking Practice Is Still Legal In Mali -- It Must Be Stopped

Paula Froelich | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Paula Froelich

I have mixed feeling towards Mali. I loved my time there and made a lot of friends. I would go back in a heart beat... but. And it's a big BUT. It's one of the few countries in the world where female genital mutilation is still widely practiced (with a prevalence rate of 92 percent) and is legal.

Communities in Mali Show the Way Forward in Ending Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

We will continue to give our support to people making these life changing decisions and help end female genital cutting.

Female Genital Mutilation: Crime Not Culture

Carina Kolodny | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Carina Kolodny

Whether you call it mutilation or circumcision, this crime has no place in any corner of our world. And what people call it is not just merely an exercise in rhetoric.

Is 'Political Correctness' Making Female Circumcision Acceptable?

Evening Standard, London | Anna Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

A Londoner who suffered female genital mutilation has warned that political correctness is hampering the fight to stamp it out after asking people to ...

Saving Girls: Kakenya Ntaiya Is a CNN Hero

Serra Sippel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.

Betting on the Big Picture in West Africa

Tostan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tostan

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe have the opportunity to end FGC in Senegal and expand the movement in West Africa, greatly reduce child/forced marriage and violence against women and girls.

Female Genital Mutilation Campaign Slammed For Being Too PC

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact

By Reem Abbas, Women's eNews In 2007 U.N. organizations, civil society groups and other institutions working to stop female genital mutilation got ...

Inspiring Muslim Women: Khadiga and Edna at Work

Katherine Marshall | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Katherine Marshall

Khadiga Hussein is one determined lady. Her cause is peace -- an end to violence of all kinds, national and domestic, communal and individual.

Report: Female Genital Mutilation On The Decline

Posted 07.22.2013 | World

Despite a global decline in the practice of female genital mutilation, 30 million girls are currently at risk of being cut. That is the conclusion of ...

One Life at a Time

Avery McCall | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Avery McCall

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpg I had never heard of issues like sex trafficking and obstetric fistulas, let alone how prevalent they are. I couldn't believe that so many girls and women suffered and the rest of us let it continue.

We Must Give Them Our Support

Archi Pyati | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Archi Pyati

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.

Coming of Age: Alternative Rites of Passage for Maasai Girls

Lisa Meadowcroft | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Lisa Meadowcroft

For the past several years, AMREF has helped girls and women play a larger role in the community, specifically in eliminating female circumcision.

Female Genital Cutting in Indonesia

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

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.

Female Genital Mutilation: Who Has The Right To Name It A Crime?

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 05.27.2011 | Impact
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

In order for FGM to be effectively abolished in these societies, it will be necessary for actual members of these societies to reject it, and to do so with conviction, as with any societal "issue."

'Desert Flower' A Must-See Film About a Must-Change Custom

Patricia Yarberry Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Patricia Yarberry Allen

Desert Flowerschronicles the story of a young Somali girl who made the journey from the harsh conditions as a desert nomad to unexpected success as a fashion model and activist.

Dancing to End Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

Communities are changing, shifting, abandoning. The very people who have perpetuated the practice of female genital cutting for centuries are choosing to change.

Who's Afraid of Shariah?

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

How many of those anti-Islam protesters holding "No Sharia Law" signs (as if anyone were advocating shariah law in the U.S.) actually know what the word means? I'd say, oh, none.

For Some, a "Little" Female Genital Mutilation Is Okay

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

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.

Female Genital Mutilation in Georgia, USA

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

We can and we should be doing more. Female genital mutilation is one of the least researched, least resourced, least talked about issues that the world faces today.

Smashing the Silence Around FGM

Mona Eltahawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mona Eltahawy

Female genital mutilation is a painful reality for at least 3 million girls each year. Along with my aunt, I belong to the first generation of women in my family not to have been subjected to it.