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Female Genital Mutilation

Mary Did Not Have a Great "Day of the Girl Child"

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

#ENDFGM: A Tipping Point for Female Genital Mutilation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

Ganging Up Against Gender Violence!

Vivian Onano | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Young girls are always denied the opportunity to enjoy their childhood as a result of certain traditions that have deep roots in our communities. Every year about three million African girls suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) around the globe.

8 Truths About Violence Against Girls. Plus Who's Fighting It And What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact

Saturday marks the third annual International Day of the Girl Child, and the UN is focusing this year's advocacy efforts on preventing acts of violenc...

Bill Maher Doesn't Know That FGM Is on the Rise in the West

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Do Men Hate Women?

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
June Eric-Udorie

I'm not a man-hating feminist, I'm simply stating the facts -- men are so threatened by women that they are willing to go to extreme lengths to control us and hate us so the system of patriarchy thrives and continues.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Addresses Yale

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born atheist known for her harsh criticism of Islam, addressed a crowd of 300 at Yale University Monday night, in spite of t...

"Vagina" Is Not a Bad Word

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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.

Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Patrick Davies

Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.

Female Genital Mutilation: A Violent Cultural Tradition

Jo Anne Lyon | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Jo Anne Lyon

While the debate is lively at the Girls Summit, we wanted to take a moment to bring attention to it here in America because it deserves a global spotlight in order to find a solution to end this practice. However, the extreme challenge with ending FGM is that most of those who practice it don't believe they are doing any wrong.

US, UK Move Toward Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact

An ardent advocate for girls’ rights, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to putting an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) once and f...

Why Rumors Of A Massive Order By ISIS To Mutilate Women Are Probably False

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

A United Nations human rights coordinator on Thursday said that Islamic State militants had ordered Iraqi women and children in the city of Mosul to u...

UN: Islamic State Militants Order Female Genital Mutilation In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in ...

For a Better World for All

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

It is the nature of news -- and, sadly, terrible events happening elsewhere -- that the Chibok girls, and indeed, more Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped since, are no longer in the global spotlight.

First Instagram Documentary Lets Girls Rally Against Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

What's being called the first Insta-documentary is galvanizing international efforts against some of the darkest human rights abuses girls face every ...

The Power of Empty Hands: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We arrive on this planet empty handed, We will all soon leave empty handed. So then, how and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between?...

Female Genital Mutilation Is Un-Islamic, Declares Muslim Council Of Britain

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) strongly condemned the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, as un-Islamic, la...

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...

Advocates Say Female Genital Mutilation Is On Rise In U.S., Call On Government To Act

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact

Available reports make it seem as though the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is happening only in far-off places -- like rural parts of Af...

'Simple Pickup Artists' Film Women On Sex Toy For Female Circumcision Awareness, Undermine Issue Instead

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact

If a video of women riding a sex toy in public were just a stunt to encourage participants to own their sexuality, we’d watch, turn a little red, sh...

Crimes Against Women: Jimmy Carter's Call to Action

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Lynsi Freitag

The 39th President of the United States identifies some of the most deplorable and widespread acts of gender-based violence -- something he calls "the most serious challenge facing us now" -- while taking special issue with the religious persecution of women.

3 Survivors Reveal The Brutal Reality Of Female Genital Mutilation

Cosmopolitan Magazine | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact

During the summer months, while many families take vacations or usher their children off to camp, thousands of girls here in the U.S. are being sent o...