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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.