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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation: A Violent Cultural Tradition

Jo Anne Lyon | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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...

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

UN Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue rais...

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. ...

Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals

Catherine Russell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Violence against women and girls has impeded progress on nearly every MDG. This includes efforts to reach the MDG 6 target of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS--an epidemic that still disproportionally affects women and girls in many countries.

Violence, Poverty, Illiteracy Affect Far Too Many Women. Here's What You Should Know And What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

The 2014 theme for the 2014 United Nations' International Women's Day, "Equality for women is progress for all," underscores the fact that a better wo...

David Cameron: 'We Cannot Rest Until Someone Is Prosecuted For Female Genital Mutilation'

Evening Standard, London | | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact

David Cameron has vowed to make 2014 the year Britain will “end violence and discrimination against women” by stepping up action on FGM, forced ma...

In Celebration of International Women's Day

Mrs Ban Soon-taek | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Mrs Ban Soon-taek

When we change the culture of violence against women into an attitude of respect and appreciation, we enable them to unleash their potential as leaders of a new future.

FGM Is an Act of Terrorism -- Not an Act of Islam

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Extremists ascribing to Islam and anti-Islam extremists may passionately hate each other -- but both agree on much. One such myth both espouse is the fabrication that Islam endorses female genital mutilation, also known as FGM or infibulations.

'She Will Not Be Accepted For Marriage': Many Somaliland Teens Believe Female Genitals Should Be Cut

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice shoul...

Female Genital Mutilation Victims In England Could Sue Government For Not Protecting Them

Evening Standard, London | Anna Davis | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact

Victims of female genital mutilation could sue the government for millions for failing to protect them from the barbaric practice, leading lawyers war...

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.