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28/12/2015

The cruel practice of female genital mutilation is banned in many countries globally, but it remains widespread among the Bohras - a small Muslim community in India. Now, some Bohra women have started a campaign demanding an end to the ritual, writes the BBC's Geeta Pan...
28/12/2015

All religious institutions and concerned bodies are expected to do their level best towards eliminating the practice by the stated period. Religious leaders pledge their support to the plan to eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage by 2025. More....
28/12/2015

On Monday 24th November 2015, His Excellency the President Of The Republic Of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alhaji DR. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh "BABILI MANSA", and The Commander-In-Chief Of The Gambia Armed Forces, (G.M.R.G.), during his National Constitutionally sanctioned "...
28/12/2015

Police in Kenya have rescued hundreds of girls from female genital mutilation before ceremonies often seen as a rite of passage to adulthood begin this weekend. More...
28/12/2015

The Egyptian Health Ministry has launched a five-year plan aimed to reduce the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision. More...
28/12/2015

In eastern Sudan's Gaderif city there is a school with a special mission. It is educating the country's future midwives to play a role in eradicating Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. More...
28/12/2015

Only 18 of the new specialist protection orders designed to safeguard young girls at risk of female genital mutilation have been issued in the three months since they were introduced, according to official figures. More...
07/12/2015

Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) has long been practiced in various parts of the world. The practice is still prevalent in 29 countries on the African continent despite decades of campaigning to eradicate it. More...
07/12/2015

Gambian activists and human rights experts are warning that international pressure must be kept up on the president, Yahya Jammeh, until his announcement of a ban on female genital mutilation is turned into legislation. More...
07/12/2015

According to Samburu Sub-county Director of Education Abdikarim Mohamed, the outlawed vice has become so secretive and is now being carried out at night. More...
07/12/2015

In the three months to September, 1,385 newly recorded cases of FGM were reported. Seventeen of those were girls under the age of 18. More...
07/12/2015

On October 11, the London Independent newspaper revived charges first made last year, by United Nations officials in Iraq, that the Islamic State (ISIS) has called for female genital mutilation (FGM) to be forced on women and girls living in the city of Mosul. More...
07/12/2015

A female genital mutilation (FGM) protection order has been issued to safeguard four young sisters after fears were raised one of them could be taken abroad to be mutilated. More...
07/12/2015

The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after the Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. More...
07/12/2015

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is formally defined as the intentional, non-therapeutic physical modification of female genitalia. In lay terms, it means cutting a part of the clitoris. More...
23/11/2015

Here is a bracing documentary that manages smartly to yoke together two current preoccupations: colourful outsiders taking on the big boys at organised sport (in this case, a group of Maasai tribesmen who pitch up at Lords for a cricket tournament), and the rather more ...
23/11/2015

Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Embu county, an anti-FGM board official has said. Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board chairperson Jebii Kilimo said while the barbaric trend is declining in other areas, Embu ranks fourth in prevalence. More...
23/11/2015

By the standards of the Emberá, Colombia’s second largest indigenous group after the Wayuu, Karina is a fairly modern-minded woman. Having spent much of her childhood in Bogotá, the Colombian capital, she navigates big cities easily. More...
23/11/2015

A retired nurse and the mother of two young girls have each been found guilty of carrying out female genital mutilation in Australia’s first prosecution of an FGM case. More...
23/11/2015

As we mark the United Nations (UN) International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls on the 25th of November, it is pertinent to bring the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria to the front burner. More...
23/11/2015

Female Genital Mutilation is not mentioned in the Holy Quran or in any authentic hadith of Prophet Muhammed, said Oustass Muhammed Sano, one of the few Islamic scholars openly against the perennial practice. More...
10/11/2015

A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week. More...
10/11/2015

Understanding how to deal with female genital mutilation (FGM) among asylum seekers is a struggle. A coordinated national approach would help, say experts. More...
10/11/2015

From the outside, the immigrant family looks no different than any other about to take the oath of U.S. citizenship this recent Tuesday in Atlanta. Jaha Dukureh, 25, has called the United States home since she was 15 years old, and now, with her husband looking on and t...
10/11/2015

While young girls run around parks and enjoy playing with friends in other areas of the world, some girls as young as eight can't have the freedom of play since they are still in pain from female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
10/11/2015

The "cutting room" is grim, dark and grubby. Fraying gray ropes are set into the rough dirt floor, and a curtain flutters at the open door. It is here, blindfolded and held down on a plastic sheet by as many as five women, that girls as young as eight are brought to be ...
10/11/2015

There’s been a whole lot of hype lately surrounding Blake Lively’s fit post-partum figure, but the actress is focused on bringing attention to a much more critical topic related to women’s bodies. More...
27/10/2015

Fatu Sillah clearly recalls the day her childhood ended. She was six years old when her mother's friends invited her to a party with girls from her village near Freetown in Sierra Leone. More...
27/10/2015

A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week. More...
27/10/2015

The mother of two girls who allegedly underwent female genital mutilation told her husband “just a little bit” when her husband asked if the ceremony involved cutting their clitorises, a court has heard. More...
27/10/2015

Gladys Gabriel Conteh, a Sierra Leonean who migrated from Libya following the outbreak of a revolution against Muhammad Gadhafi back home in Sierra Leone and later escape with her daughter to unknown locationMore...
27/10/2015

A grandmother who was present when her two granddaughters are alleged to have undergone female genital mutilation has been accused of not telling the truth in court. More...
27/10/2015

The United Nations System in The Gambia, as part of celebrations marking UN Day 2015, has called for the enactment of laws banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in The Gambia. More...
27/10/2015

Nearly a decade ago, the NGO I work with began to document Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan. At first people there wouldn’t talk about the issue and some denied its existence. Kurdish grandmothers even told us their own sons would beat or kill them i...
12/10/2015

As the world marks the 4th International Day of the Girl Child next Sunday, Samburu County is celebrating the hard work of warriors who have put their lives at risk to save girls from the agony of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the tragedy of child marriages. More....
12/10/2015

A teenage girl thought to be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) has returned to England from Sudan after Kent social services took legal action. More...
12/10/2015

As the struggle continues to end Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) practice in The Gambia, the Network Against Gender Based Violence (NGBV) on Thursday started a three-day training of various youth groups on FGM/C campaign and advocacy skills, held at Action AI...
12/10/2015

The most basic thing that every young person wants is to have control over their own future. But for millions of girls around the world their fates are sealed at birth. They have no control over their own bodies, no voice in their community and no choice over who to mar...
12/10/2015

Authorities arrested four girls and their parents in Pokot Central Sub County in Kenya after the children received female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
12/10/2015

Even though it was five years ago, I remember the first time I met my grandmother like it was yesterday. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this great event and I was eager to find out the secret about my grandmother that I felt my mother was hiding. I had a ...
12/10/2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and no girl, or women, should ever have to suffer the physical and emotional impact of such harmful practice. More...
28/09/2015

A young girl has told how she was told to close her eyes and imagine she was “a princess in a garden” as she underwent female genital mutilation. More...
28/09/2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) does not take place because it is a social norm where families are locked into cycle of cutting, but instead are based on individual values and beliefs, a study has found. Scientists say their results question the basis of current interve...
28/09/2015

Agnes Pareyio made a promise to her best friend from boarding school: She would not undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) when she went back to her village in Eastern Kenya for summer vacation. More...
28/09/2015

Church of Uganda archbishop Stanley Ntagali has challenged politicians in the Sebei sub-region to boldly fight against female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
28/09/2015

A former nurse accused of carrying out genital mutilation procedures on two young Sydney girls was captured on telephone intercepts saying, “I am quite in trouble ... I do not want to go to jail at my age,” a court has heard. More...
28/09/2015

There is a sign of ignorance among some quarters of Malawians as to decipher the difference between Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Male Circumcision (MC) as they are questioning Health authorities whether FGM help to prevent cervical cancer in women or testicle can...
28/09/2015

Nimco Ali observes Australian feminism and shakes her head. She admits she’s only just arrived here but her advice to feminists would be “to be a little bit more brave, a little bit more bold”. In the UK, she says, there’s more “honesty, more ‘get out of my ...
28/09/2015

More than 1,000 women and girls have been treated by the NHS in England for female genital mutilation in three months this year, according to figures that reveal the extent of the practice in the UK. More...
14/09/2015

In this International Anglican Family Network feature story, Rhobi Samwelly writes of her experience overcoming the trauma of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), her reconciliation with her parents, and her work helping young girls in the Mara region of Tanzania to escape ...
14/09/2015

Twenty-four-year-old Hawa Buha was among the first in her conservative pastoralist community to defy the tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM). Here, in the northern Afar Region, many believe that "an uncircumcised girl is one who is waiting for her day of circum...
14/09/2015

The Kenyan government has been urged to change its focus in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) by the nominated MCA of the country's Nakuru region Janet Waithera. More...
14/09/2015

A UNICEF report revealed in 2013, 3.6 million girls and women were affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). If nothing is done to stop it that number could more than double by 2050. More...
14/09/2015

Welcome to another edition of Children's Corner. In today's edition, we are featuring Mrs. Musu Bakoto Sawo Ceesay, one of the panelists at the Girls' Agenda's Summer Camp for Girls with the theme "Empowering Girls to end FGM" which was held in Manduar Village in the We...
14/09/2015

16-year-old OP feared her parents would fly her from the U.S. to Somalia to get cut. She asked for help on the Internet. Here's what you can do if you are worried you might be forced to undergo female genital mutilation. More...
14/09/2015

A Liberian rights advocate for the end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia says his life is in danger in the hands of those practicing this heinous activity due to his advocacy. More...
14/09/2015

Social services bosses have taken High Court action in a bid to protect a 13-year-old girl who has been taken to Sudan by her mother and is feared to be at risk of female genital mutilation (fgm). More...
31/08/2015

The Girls Agenda and For My Sister organization recently opened a 10 -day summer camp in Manduar village in the West Coast Region for 50 girls on Female Genital Mutilation. More...
31/08/2015

CAIRO: A mere 50 EGP ($6.39) is enough to pay for a procedure to mutilate the genitals of young girls in a Cairo market, an undercover investigation discovered. In the Souq al-Goma’a (Friday Market) in al-Sayeda Aishia district, a reporter from Youm7 discovered three...
31/08/2015

hat did you do on your summer holidays?” is the question school students will face in a fortnight. It’s supposed to be a cheerful exercise, a chance to reminisce before the drudgery of the new school term sets in. More...
31/08/2015

The girl lies in a half-conscious state, her legs wedged wide apart, her exposed genitals splayed. By her shoulders, a man and woman are stationed to prevent her from stirring. Standing over her naked body, the man in charge brandishes the metal instrument in his hand. ...
31/08/2015

The practice of female genital cutting (FGC), also called female genital mutilation (FGM) or FGM/C, is a human rights and gender equality issue. FGC violates a host of human rights principles including non-discrimination on the basis of sex, the right to bodily integrit...
31/08/2015

Hope at last for girls in Somalia as the government signals its intentions to ban female genital mutilation, a brutal practice girls in Somalia have been forced to undergo for years. More...
31/08/2015

When 16-year-old Mariatu* goes to bed at night she is scared of going to sleep. She fears members of powerful, all-female secret societies are going to break into her room with the consent of her parents and kidnap her. More...
31/08/2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse, a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. It is illegal in the UK. More...
17/08/2015

Under the title “Razor and Tradition” the Sociology Faculty of Social Sciences at Tehran University organized a conference about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Iran on 11th of July 2015. More...
17/08/2015

A father living abroad wants to come to the UK to challenge an order protecting his three daughters from being subjected to genital "cutting", the High Court has heard. More...
17/08/2015

A survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) has revealed her terrifying ordeal after she was forced to undergo the procedure without anesthetic when she was just 11-years-old. More...
17/08/2015

Somalia is the latest country to announce it intends to implement a nationwide ban on female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that is recognised internationally as a violation of girls and womens human rights. More...
17/08/2015

The first time I heard the term "FGM" I was 12 years old. The ominous acronym began cropping up in overhead conversations around me, in school corridors and on the news. More...
17/08/2015

Somalia, the country with the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world, has given its strongest signal yet that it will outlaw the brutal practice. More...
17/08/2015

Minister of State for Population Hala Youssef announced the 2014 population survey results during the first ministerial committee meeting, to outline a national development plan for mothers and children in Egypt Thursday. More...
03/08/2015

Police have secured the UK’s first ever female genital mutilation protection order, which bans travel by people who are believed to be at risk of FGM. As some schools broke up for the summer holidays on Friday, Bedfordshire police seized the passports of two young gir...
03/08/2015

Three sisters whose father was deemed to be preparing to have them undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) have been made the subject of a new-style protection order aimed at stopping the practice. More...
03/08/2015

The European Union (EU) is funding a project that will capacitate 30 football coaches fight child marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Tarime District, Mara Region. More...
03/08/2015

Think Young Women (TYW) on Saturday concluded a five-day training workshop for 30 youth advocates against female genital mutilation/cutting in Greater Banjul Area. More...
03/08/2015

Summer is here. By the end of the season, many children in the United States and U.K. will have undergone FGM. Despite the existence of laws and policies to safeguard against FGM in the U.S., 50,795 women and girls across the country are at risk of undergoing FGM.It is...
03/08/2015

For nearly twenty years the midwife Dr Comfort Momoh has run a clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital to help some of the tens of thousands of women in Britain who have had their genitals mutilated. More...
03/08/2015

Women and girls affected by female genital mutilation can be found in every local authority in England and Wales, with the highest number living in London, according to a major study which will place pressure on all councils to tackle the issueMore...
03/08/2015

When she was a girl, Sadiya Aliye’s genitals were cut, as she was told tradition dictated. So when she became a mother to four daughters, she put all of them through the same agonising ritual. More...
20/07/2015

This short film deals with the intimate thoughts of a young girl about to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). It follows the internal monologue of a girl who never actually speaks, and uses creative imagery to illustrate the cruelty of the cutMore...
20/07/2015

Saving Safa: rescuing a little girl from FGM begins with a poignant and troubling letter from Safa Nour, then seven, who played the young Waris Dirie in Desert Flower, a 2009 film. Nour’s letter to Dirie, a supermodel turned anti-FGM campaigner, says: “When we play ...
20/07/2015

Juliana was thought to be 16 or 17 on the day she was held down while an old woman cut at her genitals with a razor blade - although her family couldn't say for sure, because in this remote part of Kenya no record was ever made of her birth. More...
20/07/2015

Sierra Leone's decision to back an international treaty on the rights of women in Africa could lead to a new law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in a country where the practice is rife, campaigners said on Tuesday. More...
20/07/2015

When you think of child abuse you don't usually associate it with a parent who thinks they are doing something in the best interests of their child - quite the opposite. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a very serious form of child abuse - but many parents in communit...
20/07/2015

The UK’s first web app designed to allow teenagers to learn about female genital mutilation (FGM) anonymously, and get help if they are at risk, has been launched. More...
20/07/2015

IT has come to light that nearly 1,600 girls underwent the diabolical Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in December, last year. Clearly, this shows that elders in the district have no respect for the state initiatives that envisage bringing the harmful practice to a compl...
06/07/2015

On 5 May, Goodluck Jonathan, in his final act as president of Nigeria, banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in the sub-Saharan country, a move hailed as a positive step by anti-FGM activists. More...
06/07/2015

A new study has found the practice female genital mutilation (FGM) to be common in areas of Iran, refuting repeated government claims that the practice does not exist in the Islamic Republic. More...
06/07/2015

ELDERS of the Kurya tribe in Mara Region are appealing for financial support to disseminate antiFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) awareness. Secretary for all the 13 clans of the Kurya tribe, Mr Mwita Nyasibora, stated this during a crucial meeting held here recently to l...
06/07/2015

It was early morning after men are returning from the mosque for Fajr prayers, and the morning was very cold as usual. Lying on my bed alone I tried to wrap myself up in a blanket to drive away the cold. The environment was quiet and peaceful. Then, suddenly, I heard fo...
06/07/2015

Ntailan Lolkoki felt she was “brimming with sexuality” after her reconstructive surgery. Kenya-born and a member of the Masai tribe, she had undergone female genital mutilation at the age of 12. Last year she had an operation in Germany to restore sexual pleasure an...
06/07/2015

A heavily criticised campaign against female genital mutilation has won a top advertising award at Cannes. Ogilvy and Mather London created the advertisements to raise awareness about FGM – a crime where a girl or woman’s genitalia is cut for ‘cultural reasons’ ...
06/07/2015

Standing barefoot with a viciously sharp blade in her hand this is a cutter woman who performs female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls as part of a misguided belief it prevents promiscuity and maintains family status in the traditional community. More...
06/07/2015

Cairo, Egypt (CNN)Summer days: They're what childhood memories are made of, glorious afternoons of unchecked freedom to frolic with friends in the sun, unshackled from the earthly obligations of a math class that never seemed further away. More...
22/06/2015

Tarime — FOR the first time religious leaders and traditional elders of Kurya tribe have met to chart strategies aimed at winning the battle against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More...
22/06/2015

Teachers burst into tears yesterday during the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association conference when a video clip of female genital mutilation was shown. More...
22/06/2015

Pauline was just 10 years old when she had the cut. Otherwise known as female genital mutilation. It's common for people to feel uncomfortable and horrified when they hear about FGM. Especially when they hear further details like the fact that girls are cut one after an...
22/06/2015

Egypt has announced an ambitious plan to reduce female genital mutilation by 10-15% over the next five years by mobilising doctors and judges against a practice that still affects more than 90% of women in the country. More...
22/06/2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The British government will fast-track legislation intended to target people who take girls abroad to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) so it is in place before the school summer holidays, Prime Minister David Cameron said. Mo...
22/06/2015

In 2011, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was banned in the Kurdistan Region, thanks to a media campaign led by anti-FGM organisations such as Wadj. According to Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, general manager of this NGO, "people now look at Kurdistan as an example" in thi...
22/06/2015

More than 600 new victims of female genital mutilation have been identified in the West Midlands in seven months. A report from the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel said that "official statistics from acute hospitals in the seven districts show that between Septembe...
08/06/2015

Doctors will be asked to warn families of girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation that the practice is illegal. The move is part of a new drive to stop girls being cut, both here and overseas. More...
08/06/2015

This tireless fighter told a contingent of visitors that if we wanted to truly engage in the struggle, we must see FGM take place. Then he showed us a video on his computer. More...
08/06/2015

Hibo Wardere underwent female genital mutilation aged six but now she's campaigning against it in her London borough with a little help from an amazing local artist. Radhika Sanghani reports. More...
08/06/2015

The Nigerian government has taken the historic step of outlawing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), in a move campaigners describe as “hugely important”. More...
08/06/2015

The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter. More...
08/06/2015

I was recently in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan to meet with local government, partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people working together to fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a widely-spread practice in Egypt that predates both Chri...
25/05/2015

When Jaha Dukureh created a Change.org petition to tackle female genital mutilation, or “female circumcision,” in the United States last year, her goal was modest: 1,000 supporters. More...
25/05/2015

The Nigerian senate recently passed its violence against persons prohibition (VAPP) bill, which seeks to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) as well as all other forms of gender-based violence. More...
25/05/2015

Two survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) have launched Britain's first billboard campaign to raise awareness and encourage girls at risk to get advice as public pressure mounts to stamp out the practice. More...
25/05/2015

Kurdistan Rasul listens to mothers whose daughters died after female genital mutilation was performed on them. She discusses with men who don’t want to stop beating their wifes. And she stands up against Mullahs who call her names. More...
25/05/2015

FGM is practiced in Africa, Asia and Latinamerica – and by way of migration also in Europe, North America and Australia. The UN and many other organizations provide maps mainly focussing on the prevalence of FGM in Africa. More...
25/05/2015

A leading human rights campaigner has been appointed to run a project to stamp out female genital mutilation. More...
25/05/2015

Up to 92 per cent of married women in Egypt have undergone female genital mutilation, it has been revealed. The country’s Minister of Health Adel Adawy said the figure relates to women aged between 15 and 49 – and is even higher at 95 per cent in rural areas. More.....
25/05/2015

Engagingly performed, subtly argued and quietly emotive, this collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester’s Contact takes female genital mutilation as its theme. More...
11/05/2015

A mutilated flag provides an arresting visual image in this campaign by Ogilvy & Mather London to provoke Britons to acknowledge that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) does not just happen in faraway places. More...
11/05/2015

A total of 578 girls were treated for female genital mutilation in England in March in what campaigners said was just the tip of the iceberg. The latest figures, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, bring the total of identified cases to 3,963 since data ...
11/05/2015

UNFPA launched a global campaign with the Guardian to improve media coverage on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. As part of the campaign, the Pan African Award for Reportage on FGM will be granted annually to an African reporter who has shown innovation and co...
11/05/2015

The Nigerian Senate has finally succeeded in passing a law that will prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
11/05/2015

A United Nations agency has called on boys and men to join the war against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a strategy dubbed ‘Working with Men and Boys for the Promotion of Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health’. More...
11/05/2015

Reports that in some African countries female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures are being carried out in hospitals have prompted activists, religious leaders and international rights groups to voice concern about the increasing medicalisation of the procedure. More...
11/05/2015

Children from Kenya are being taken to Tanzania by their parents to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
27/04/2015

“When I was around seven, my grandmother took me on an outing. We went to a dingy building. The women there told me to take my panties off. Then all the women, including my grandmother, pinned my arms and legs down. One of the women took a blade and began cutting me d...
27/04/2015

Activists and government agencies in Iraqi Kurdistan have drafted amendments over the past few months to the autonomous region’s existing law combating domestic violence, introducing measures aimed at better protection of women's and children's rights. More...
27/04/2015

When I was all of five, I remember my mom calling me to her room for a discussion. It should have indicated that something was amiss, because in our home, bedroom talks were reserved for serious discussions only. Family discussion usually took place out in the open, in ...
27/04/2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Indonesia is no longer as culturally acceptable as it was ten years ago, with activism and new government legislation helping to reduce the instances of this practice. More...
27/04/2015

KENYANS are now taking their children to Tanzania to undergo female genital mutilation because of the strict and punitive laws against the offenders in Kenya. Anti-FGM prosecutor in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Christine Nanjala said mothers and aun...
27/04/2015

Mohammed, aged nine, has cut out a line of paper dolls and pinned them to a colourful poster adorned with the abbreviation FGM and the word "Help". His friend David, also nine, has written the supportive message "You Are Not Alone" inside a big red heart, while across t...
27/04/2015

GAMCOTRAP targeted 50 Community Based Facilitators from Lower and Central Baddibu Districts who have been awarded certificates for participating in a three day capacity building workshop held at Kerewan in the North Bank Region of the Gambia. More...
27/04/2015

OFFICIALS from Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) and Plan International Tanzania are on a three-day working visit to Tarime District with the aim to assess progress of clubs fighting female circumcision, child marriages and teenage pregnancies in the area. More...
27/04/2015

The UN’s proposed new development goals include a target to end harmful traditional practices like FGM by 2030. We now know the key steps needed to get there. More...
15/04/2015

The National Theatre of Scotland is to put on its first women-only matinées for its new play about female genital mutilation. More...
15/04/2015

A woman who still suffers from the painful consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) says she doesn't blame her mother for taking her to have the procedure when she was just a baby. More...
15/04/2015

The war against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages has gained momentum in Tarime District of Mara Region following the establishment of clubs in schools. More...
15/04/2015

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices that affect the health of women and children, GAMCOTRAP, recently sensitised authorities and opinion leaders in the lower and central Badibou districts on the harmful effects of female genital mutilation and other traditiona...
15/04/2015

Hargeisa — It was 9 p.m. when a little girl arrived in critical condition at the maternity teaching hospital in Hargeisa. She had been bleeding all day after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) that morning. “When she is brought to us, she is almost dead,” ...
15/04/2015

Rhobi Samwelly has founded a safe house in Tanzania for girls to escape their families and the threat of female genital mutilation. She tells Radhika Sanghani how she's saving a community. More...
15/04/2015

Eight-week-old baby Amiyah grimaces when sunlight falls on her face as though she isn’t used to the idea of having been born yet. On a Saturday afternoon, in Thailand’s southern Pattani province, her Muslim mother has brought her to a small clinic so midwife Dah can...
30/03/2015

Department for International Development accused of missing opportunity to stamp out female genital mutilation, with work elsewhere also criticized. More...
30/03/2015

Tarime — IN the past, it was difficult for a traditional leader of Kurya tribe to talk anything against female genital mutilation (FGM). This is no longer the case at the moment. More...
30/03/2015

Women who have genital piercings will be recorded as having suffered female genital mutilation (FGM) under new NHS rules due to come into force next month. More...
30/03/2015

The ghost that haunts Mansoura Mohamed’s nightmares is an old lady dressed in black. This apparition dates back to a summer in the late 1980s, in the village of Seflaq, Egypt. More...
30/03/2015

Exeter, England hosted its first conference on March 23, which dealt with ‘female genital mutilation,’ a subject which is quite unmentionable. But the problems that come with female genital mutilation may require attention, therefore, this conference came at an oppo...
30/03/2015

The Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa appears to have brought the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) to a near halt in Sierra Leone, a British minister said on Friday. More...
30/03/2015

A mother who took her four-year-old daughter to be circumcised was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday in the north of the Ivory Coast, where such convictions are rare. More...
16/03/2015

BANGKOK— In 2009, Malaysia\'s National Fatwa Committee, the nation\'s top Islamic council, required all Muslim women in the country to undergo female genital mutilation, otherwise known as female circumcision. More...
16/03/2015

TUTAKAL, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Amirah vividly recalls the day she was taken into a bathroom by the village midwife and forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
16/03/2015

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somali families living in Britain and the United States are bringing their daughters to Kenya to secretly undergo female genital mutiliation (FGM) as their home countries crack down on the internationally condemned practice. More.....
16/03/2015

A survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) has lauded a documentary that she helped make. Leyla Hussein, a psychotherapist and activist, described Stop Cutting Our Girls as \"essential viewing\". More...
16/03/2015

Campaigners against female genital mutilation (FGM) called for renewed action to reach the girls most at risk from the practice. More...
16/03/2015

Many of us can be sqeamish when it comes to discussions about women\'s sexual health. There\'s one topic I always have trouble talking about: The practice of FGM, female genital mutilation, or excision. More...
16/03/2015

Genital surgery to create so-called “designer vaginas” should be outlawed under legislation designed to prevent female genital mutilation, according to a group of MPs. More...
02/03/2015

Moshi — MAASAI women take part in a traditional event. Often they are forced to undergo FGM. MS Honorata Raymond is a Programme Manager for the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM). She says they are aware of new methods initiated by the perpetrators who...
02/03/2015

I meet 19-year-old Syahiera Atika at the mall. She spends most Sundays prowling Kuala Lumpur\'s mega malls like other women her age, but as she eagerly points out she\'s also different. Syahiera is a modern incarnation of Malay culture: She happily embraces Western-styl...
02/03/2015

Awataf Mohamed Ali’s son lies fast asleep on her lap, but her 10-year-old daughter, Shahd, is very much awake. In fact, she looks horrified. Ali has just calmly explained that in just 18 months’ time, if she can find a doctor willing to help, Shahd will probably be ...
02/03/2015

Girls in patched black and red overalls dance down a narrow lane in the light of dawn. They sing. They worship. They praise. They’re entering their adult lives through a new ceremony designed to buck a tradition that has injured so many of their ancestors. More...
02/03/2015

BBC Inside Out investigates why there have been no successful prosecutions for female genital mutilation (FGM) even though it has been a criminal offence in Britain for 30 years. More...
02/03/2015

CAIRO — I vividly remember, when I was little, those collective ceremonies that our neighbors from rural areas — from Upper Egypt in particular — used to have for their daughters. They used to hand out sweet rice dishes and the girls used to wear brand new white c...
02/03/2015

The United Nations has pledged since 2012 to eliminate FGM, and billions of dollars have been spent creating awareness of the dangers it creates. But in a remote rural district in southwest Kenya, the practice is deeply rooted, and the community doesn\'t shy away from w...
02/03/2015

Five hundred women and girls living in England have been identified as victims of female genital mutilation in just one month, new figures show. And campaigners have warned the numbers represent \'just the tip of the iceberg\', estimating more than 130,000 women and gir...
02/03/2015

More than 2,603 women and girls who went through female genital mutilation have been treated by the NHS since September, according to updated official figures. More...
16/02/2015

First lady Margaret Kenyatta has condemned Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM) and early marriages saying they compromise health and lives of women in the country. More...
16/02/2015

IT has come to light that some medical practitioners, especially the midwives and surgeons, are cashing in on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is, indeed, fought left, right and centre by governments and human rights activists. More...
16/02/2015

One of the silver linings of the Ebola epidemic is its exposure of the dangers of some aspects of our so cherished culture. Evidence abound that the epidemic has gone this long mainly due to transmissions through some of these cultural practices. More...
16/02/2015

Dr. Edna Adan has been working to end FGM in Somaliland for decades. The first step in that process was overcoming the strong societal pressure to not discuss FGM. Friday, February 6 was International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Over 1...
16/02/2015

A woman arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM) has been released on police bail. More...
16/02/2015

TARIME, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations. More...
16/02/2015

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Healthcare professionals and teachers in England and Wales who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation in children could be fired under a new law which campaigners said was vital to protect girls at risk. More...
16/02/2015

February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. FGM/C is a severe violation of girls’ and women’s human rights, may cause immediate and lifelong trauma, and has no health benefits. More than 120 million girls and women have ...
02/02/2015

The number of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases is on the rise in parts of Uganda, according to new research. A new report by UNICEF has found that regions such as Karamoja and Sebei have seen an increase in FGM cases, despite the government passing legislation to t...
02/02/2015

A doctor accused of carrying out female genital mutilation told a court on Wednesday, in the first British trial of its kind, that FGM was an abhorrent practice which had no justification. More...
02/02/2015

Hospitals in Nottingham have seen as many as 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation in the last five years. The trust that runs the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital has said between 100 and 200 cases of FGM have been presented annually over the last five yea...
02/02/2015

Tarime — FORMER Mozambican and South African First Lady, Ms Graca Machel, has congratulated nearly 800 girls who refused to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tarime and Serengeti districts December last yearMore...
02/02/2015

Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board chairperson Jebii Kilimo has urged pastoralist communities to stop circumsising women as it kills women during birth. More...
02/02/2015

A doctor has become the first in Egypt to be convicted of female genital mutilation, seven years after the widely practised procedure was first criminalised in the country. More...
01/09/2014

THARAKA-NITHI, KENYA—It\'s the last day of school in Tharaka-Nithi, a community in Kenya’s remote former Eastern province. Classrooms are empty, signaling the start of a one-month break for students. More...
01/09/2014

“You have been stabilised so you can be trusted,” says one of the two African women, ululating and wiggling in ceremonial triumph, to the teenage girl under the blanket who has been flown from England to be genitally mutilated by these gatekeepers to true womanhood....
01/09/2014

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--This fall, the Northwestern Access to Health Project will conduct a pilot project in Douentza, a town in Mali, with the women who perform female genital mutilation. More...
01/09/2014

A junior doctor has received an award from David Cameron after helping to educate thousands of medical students about female genital mutilation. More...
01/09/2014

Parliament enacted the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act in 2010. The law provides a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for offenders and life sentence if the girl dies in the process. More...
01/09/2014

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A 16-year-old girl bled to death after giving birth because her body had not healed from the female circumcision she had been forced to undergo several days earlier, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on ThursdayMore...
01/09/2014

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme \"Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting [FGM/C): Accelerating Change” was developed in 2007 to protect girls and women by accelerating abandonment of FGM/C and providing care for its consequences. The Programme\'s novel, culturally sensiti...
04/08/2014

A man’s role within cultures that practice FGM is often encompassed by behaviour that can be both brutal and blase at the same time. While every context carries its own detail, identifying the major attributes in their relationship with FGM can be the first step in tu...
04/08/2014

A doctor and a second man facing the UK\'s first prosecution linked to alleged female genital mutilation have denied any wrongdoing. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, from the Whittington Hospital in north London, is accused of having carried out the procedure on a woman who ...
04/08/2014

The story was a grabber: Islamic State, the fundamentalist Al Qaeda breakway group formerly known as ISIS, was planning the genital mutilation of as many as 4 million Iraqi women and girls. More...
04/08/2014

DESPITE FEMALE GENITAL mutilation being outlawed in Ireland in 2012, there have been no prosecutions to date under the legislation. The gardaí confirmed to TheJournal.ie that no one has been prosecuted yet under the Act. More...
04/08/2014

Nafissatou of Guinea knows what the real war on women looks and feels like. When she was a child, she was awakened early in the morning when it wasn’t yet light out. The old women made her and other girls leave the village. More...
04/08/2014

Both the U.S. and the UK are getting serious about female genital mutilation. Two people were arrested in Britain on Saturday, charged with suspected female genital mutilation (FGM). A 72 year old Ugandan man traveling with an 11 year old girl arrived at Heathrow airpor...
04/08/2014

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has complex causes, yet simple solutions. There is a great need to break the silence among women who have been victimized and traumatized by this practice, which involves permanent damage to a woman’s external sexual organs. More...
04/08/2014

She was so young she can\'t remember her age. They told her they were going to make her a \"flower girl\" -- an honor and a rite of passage in her village. She didn\'t understand the term, but what little girl wouldn\'t want to be a flower girl? She was showered with at...
04/08/2014

Last week, together with the UK Government, UNICEF co-hosted the world’s first ever Girl Summit, with the hope to inspire our generation to end child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide and galvanise action. Here are the stories of two young girls f...
21/07/2014

Halima Abdi charges foreign visitors at least $1,000 for a tour of remote northeastern Kenyan villages that most people wouldn’t dream of making. Her clients are young girls sent by their parents to undergo traditional circumcision. More...
21/07/2014

Over the next week millions of school children will close their text books, throw uniforms in the laundry basket (or maybe on the floor!) and celebrate the start of the long summer holiday. This is a time for family holidays, summer festivals, lazy days with friends and...
21/07/2014

Child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) are firmly under the spotlight at the UK government\'s Girl Summit this month, with both practices gaining increased recognition as barriers to both women\'s rights and sustainable development. More...
21/07/2014

Banjul — Women\'s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FMG)More...
21/07/2014

Tanzania should impose tougher laws to prevent female genital mutilation (FGM), according to an editorial piece in Daily News. Writing an editorial for the country\'s leading online news edition, Christopher Majaliwa and Sebastian Mrindoko described the practice of FGM ...
21/07/2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain is hosting a global summit on ending female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage on July 22. Millions of girls every year are forced to undergo FGM, which can cause serious physical and psychological harm. The practi...
21/07/2014

The recent Global summit to end sexual violence in London was unique in its ambition; not only in efforts to bring sexual violence in conflict to an end, but also in attempting to engage the public in a challenging issue about which they had little prior knowledge and m...
09/06/2014

\"I want my girls to be happy and kind,\"my mother would often say to me, and on the face of it, who could argue with her? Happiness and kindness were states that generations of women in my family had aspired to, as evidenced by the ancient framed embroidery still hangi...
09/06/2014

The law criminalising female genital mutilation is to be strengthened so the ban can be enforced against foreign nationals deemed to be \"habitually resident\" in the UK. More...
09/06/2014

Aissa Edon, 32, was pinned down and mutilated when she was just six-years-old. “I remember everything about it,” she says, “the place, the smell, being held down. I remember screaming – it sounded like someone else, but it was me – and I remember blood and int...
09/06/2014

A poster campaign aimed at mothers and carers who suspect a girl is at risk of female genital mutilation is being rolled out across cities in England and Wales. More...
09/06/2014

As the number of deaths of young girls subjected to the traditional African practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) increases, the population of village practitioners grows even bigger. One of Liberia’s outspoken opponents of the practice is Angela Peabody. More.....
09/06/2014

A Masai couple charged with the murder of a girl who was in their care and bled to death after being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) pleaded not guilty in a Kenyan courton Wednesday. More...
09/06/2014

Business was disrupted in a remote village in Kajiado County yesterday after chaos erupted during a demonstration to advocate for female genital mutilation. More...
12/05/2014

Our Tackling Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM comes as forced marriage is criminalised in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act and the government publishes its renewed action plan in A Call to End Violence against Women and Girls. More...
12/05/2014

THE national government will add staff to the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board to help fight female circumcision in all counties. Some 20 prosecutors appointed by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has been deployed to several counties including Elgeyo M...
12/05/2014

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 overseas for what’s sold to them as a “rite of passage.” More...
12/05/2014

Aja Babung Sidibeh followed cultural tradition and became a female genital mutilation (FGM) practitioner after the death of her parents years ago in her native Janjangbureh in the Central River Region of The Gambia. But she has since “dropped the knife” and taken up...
12/05/2014

Yemen is poised to vote on a comprehensive Child Rights Act over the coming months, which would ban child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
12/05/2014

A modern-day re-enactment of a cruel, medieval practice, female genital mutilation is a reality in India and other parts of the world. Though it continues to be a taboo subject, the veil of silence is slowly lifting, finds Anam RizviMore...
12/05/2014

38-year-old woman has been arrested at Heathrow airport on suspicion of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM), Scotland Yard says. More...
12/05/2014

Late in March, British authorities undertook their first prosecutions against female genital mutilation, which has been prohibited in the United Kingdom since 2003. As revealed by BBC News on March 21, \"Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, of Ilford, east London, will be prose...
28/04/2014

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has recently attracted widespread media attention after a Guardian petition that numbered over 150,000 signatures. We have recently seen some of the first British prosecutions of perpetrators of FGM in history. These changes have been hug...
28/04/2014

It was supposed to be a routine “operation.” The parents of 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea, from a village in Egypt’s Nile Delta, took her to be circumcised at the local clinic that had been recommended by friends. They had done the same with her older sister a year...
28/04/2014

Recently, Medical News Today published a story on the practice of male infant circumcision. The article hinged around new claims as to the benefits of male infant circumcision made by the Mayo Clinic and the controversial researcher Prof. Brian Morris. More...
28/04/2014

Two guardians and a circumciser will be charged with murder in a landmark case in Kenya after a Maasai girl bled to death following Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More...
28/04/2014

Hospitalised victims of female genital mutilation in Somaliland have revealed its devastating medical consequences as the country’s government vowed to achieve the “total eradication” of the practice. More...
28/04/2014

Two men have appeared in court for the first female genital mutilation (FGM) prosecution in the UK. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, from Whittington hospital, north London, and Hasan Mohamed, 40, who is not a medical professional, face the first charges brought under the Fe...
28/04/2014

A mother faces deportation on Friday after the Home Office rejected new evidence that suggested her young daughters were at risk of having female genital mutilation performed on them in her native Nigeria. More...
28/04/2014

Although female genital mutilation (FGM) has been banned in Ethiopia, it is still reportedly taking place. A study from Oxford University reports the practice has been occurring secretly, often at night, carried out by those who do not necessarily know what they are doi...
28/04/2014

FGM increases risk of complications during childbirth,” it tells passers-by, reinforcing the message with “Hands off!” and “Stop Female Genital Mutilation!” Similar billboards, written in Somali, are outside the university and elsewhere in the centre of the bu...
14/04/2014

On June, 6, 2013, 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea of Daqahliya, northeast of Cairo, died after a doctor performed female circumcision — a practice also referred to as female genital mutilation — on her in his clinic. The physician who conducted the procedure was called ...
14/04/2014

On June, 6, 2013, 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea of Daqahliya, northeast of Cairo, died after a doctor performed female circumcision — a practice also referred to as female genital mutilation — on her in his clinic. The physician who conducted the procedure was called ...
14/04/2014

The education secretary, Michael Gove, has written to every school in England warning them to be alert to the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) after a Guardian campaign to bring the issue into schools attracted the support of more than 230,000 people. More...
14/04/2014

WHEN Janet Hosea and Elly Mgomba got married in their home village of Chiwe in Kongwa District, they did something unimaginable in their area. More...
14/04/2014

Research conducted by Action Aid Ghana (AAG) and its local partner Belim Wusa Development Agency (BEWDA) has revealed that some communities in the Upper East Region still practiced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). More...
14/04/2014

REPORTER Georgie Keate speaks to a Croydon volunteer who helps women come to terms with the effects of a barbaric practice... \"AFRICAN women have been suffering in silence for decades. Every human has a limit of endurance, and once they hit that, they come here.\" More...
14/04/2014

Many people in Kenya are failing to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) because they are too scared to do so, an official has warned. According to director of public prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, the number of instances of FGM has risen dramatically in the la...
14/04/2014

Women\'s health is one of the issues that were discussed by Constituent Assembly (CA) women members, when they convened at Saint Gasper Hotel in Dodoma recently. More...
14/04/2014

Police have been passed 75 reports of female genital mutilation (FGM) by children\'s charity the NSPCC since it launched its helpline in June last year, Home Office Minister Norman Baker has said. More...
31/03/2014

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights. More...
31/03/2014

“I have so many problems, with my husband, with sex, with childbirth,” she told NBC News, withholding her real name to protect her identity. “The consequences on my life are all negative, both physically and psychologically.\" More...
31/03/2014

On a blisteringly hot afternoon this month, an unusual gathering took place in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the west African country of Burkina Faso. Shaded by red and green striped canopies, a couple of hundred people stood in reverential silence around a laptop. On s...
31/03/2014

When Lillian Mwita learnt that village elders and members of her family planned to coerce her into circumcision, she ran away from home. She took refuge with anti-FGM crusaders where she lived for over five months. The nine-year-old pupil at Boherera Primary School in M...
31/03/2014

I am a survivor of FGM,\" says Jaha Dukurek, a young Muslim woman originally from Gambia. A survivor of both genital cutting and child marriage, Dukurek refuses to believe her traumatizing experiences are a requirement of her Islamic faith. More...
31/03/2014

Earlier this week thousands of British Muslim men that make up the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, the UK\'s largest and oldest Muslim youth association, issued a single statement denouncing female genital mutilation (FGM). More
31/03/2014

Two men are to be charged in the first UK prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation Act, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced. More...
31/03/2014

When I walked into the Tostan office in Kolda, Senegal, I was greeted by a lively scene of 20 children laughing and bouncing around the front of our office. I realized that they were the youth that had participated in the three-day awareness-raising caravan that Tostan ...
17/03/2014

Marie Lesclingand Female genital mutilation (FGM) concerns an estimated half a million women in Europe. The studies based in countries where migrant women have settled highlight the need for more accurate information on FGM health consequences, in a European health care...
17/03/2014

HARGEISA, Somaliland — The 30 Somali teenagers – both boys and girls – all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut –...
17/03/2014

ANTI-Female Genital Mutilation board chairperson Linah Jebii Kilimo has called on chiefs and the security agencies in the country to ensure rights of girls and women are protected. More...
17/03/2014

A London MP has called for mandatory medical checks on schoolgirls to end Britain’s “shameful” failure to secure prosecutions for female genital mutilation. More...
17/03/2014

Medical licenses previously granted to the American medical staff of Clitoraid, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of female genital mutilation obtain clitoral repair surgery, have been revoked in Burkina Faso due to “blatant discrimination against the Raelia...
17/03/2014

A doctor will stand trial for the first time in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation, after a 13-year-old girl died following an alleged operation in his clinic last year. More...
04/03/2014

A two-day sub-regional Islamic scholars dialogue to end female genital mutilation, FGM, organized and hosted by Gamcotrap in collaboration with Save the Children is under way in Banjul. More...
04/03/2014

HARGEISA, Somalia— The 30 Somali teenagers - both boys and girls - all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut - just not ...
04/03/2014

It has been deeply inspiring for me to hear that Fahma Mohamed, a 17-year-old supported by the Guardian, has attracted well over 212,000 signatures to her petition demanding action to end female genital mutilation (FGM). More...
04/03/2014

Starting in December 2012, Tostan social mobilization teams funded by Orchid Project have embarked on monthly missions to villages throughout Senegal to raise awareness about human rights and harmful traditional practices, including female genital cutting (FGC). More...
04/03/2014

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who has spearheaded the campaign for universal education for children, has backed a campaign led by the 17-year-old British student Fahma Mohamed to get education about female genital mutilation into all schools in the UK. More...
04/03/2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove is to write to every school in the country about female genital mutilation, reminding headteachers of their duty to protect schoolgirls. More...
04/03/2014

REPLACE 2 International Conference Prevention or Prosecution? The Behaviour change approach to tackling FGM in the EU Friday 11th April 2014 Venue: Coventry University\'s London Campus
26/02/2014

Empowering Young People to End Female Genital Mutilations: The Role of Governments and Civil Society
20/01/2014

RECENTLY, in mid December 2013, the media reported that 21 girls aged between three and 17 were subjected to genital mutilation (FGM) in Same District. More...
20/01/2014

Witnesses to female genital mutilation in the UK must give evidence to police to help them bring the first prosecution, David Cameron has said. More...
20/01/2014

In another milestone for community-led social transformation in the Upper River Region (URR) of The Gambia, 38 Serahule communities pledged to abandon the harmful traditional practices of child/forced marriage and female genital cutting (FGC), on December 29, 2013 in th...
20/01/2014

To elucidate the attitudes of women and their husband’s towards female genital mutilation (FGM) and their associations with the continuation of FGM upon their daughters. More...
20/01/2014

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and children at risk of FGM should be placed under care order if need be, Labour MP Chris Fearne said today. More...
20/01/2014

Britain’s first \"faith summit\" on female genital mutilation was taking place today in a new attempt to secure religious leaders’ help in the fight against the barbaric practice. More...
06/01/2014

CAIRO, Egypt (WOMENSENEWS)-- Egyptian gynecologist Dr. Randa Fakhr Eldeen still remembers the horror she felt 20 years ago at seeing a victim of female genital mutilation, or cutting, for the first time. More...
06/01/2014

When several hundred students and adults marched down Kolda’s main street on December 19, 2013 with signs and chanting in unison, the message they were sending could not have been clearer. More...
06/01/2014

At a recent sewing class held in Berlin at Mama Afrika, which helps immigrants adjust to life in Germany, most of the African and Middle Eastern students feign ignorance when founder Hadja Kaba asks them about female genital mutilation. More...
06/01/2014

More decisive action is needed at political and grassroots level to stop the practice of mutilating the genitals of women and girls. Priya Shetty reports. Report...
23/12/2013

This study examines the range of responses observed in rural Senegal, where a 1999 anti-FGC law was imposed on communities in which the practice was being actively contested and targeted for elimination. More...
23/12/2013

Arusha - Police in Tanzania have arrested 38 women for carrying out illegal genital mutilation on a group of girls, a local mayor said Monday. More...
23/12/2013

History of a kind was made last week. A doctor appeared before a medical malpractice tribunal in Manchester accused of performing surgery to mutilate the genitals of female babies or young girls. More...
23/12/2013

CAIRO -- Shortly after Sara gave birth to her daughter three years ago, her husband casually asked when they would circumcise the infant. For Sara, whose own clitoris had been removed with a pair of scissors when she was 7 years old, the question filled her with dread. ...
09/12/2013

Salalah 4.12.2013. The women at the Women’s Association call her Doctor Marzouka. With her sun glasses and gold rings on her fingers the 50 something year old lady has a modern air around her. Playing with her car keys she shows that she is an emancipated woman – wo...
09/12/2013

On the International day of elimination of violence against women, the European Commission has released an action plan on ending female genital mutilation. More...
09/12/2013

As part of Women’s News Network’s highlight on 16Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign , WWN shares a unique and important perspective by British sociologist Hilary Burrage who is working today to stop global violence against girls and women under the harmful ...
09/12/2013

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has developed a set of manuals on the method of the ’Generation Dialogue’ to end the practice of FGM. Generation Dialogue is an innovative, participatory approach designed to initiate and accompany a pro...
25/11/2013

The Evaluation Offices of UNFPA and UNICEF announce completion of the first major joint evaluation undertaken by the two agencies. The main products from the Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) consist of a g...
25/11/2013

A recent report of the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) Action Plan to address barriers to prosecutions on FGM has highlighted a major gap in the existing reporting duties for medical professionals, social care professionals and teachers in referring possible FGM c...
25/11/2013

Teachers should be trained to spot the warning signs of female genital mutilation, says a leading women’s rights campaigner. More...
25/11/2013

A BBC investigation has revealed concerns that young girls are being brought to Scotland to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) because the country is seen as a \"soft touch\". More...
20/11/2013

Coalition of health professionals recommends aggressive steps to eradicate the practice in the UK. More...
20/11/2013

A film made over 10 years with the stories of girls and women affected by female genital mutilation is tackling a taboo subject. More...
20/11/2013

Op-ed by Leyla Hussein, , co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a charity dedicated to ending gender-based violence including female genital mutilation on the risk of Thousands of girls in the UK who are at risk of the vile practice of FGM. More...
19/11/2013

Black Women\'s Health and Family Support is convening a conference on FGM/C in London on 19 November. The conference will include early identification, safeguarding and prevention of FGM, and international approaches to FGM/C. Booking is open: the conference is £60...
21/10/2013

UNFPA, UNICEF and the government of Italy are hosting the International Conference on FGM/C in Rome from 21-25 October, 2013. The conference aims to consolidate global political commitment, galvanize national action, and plan specific strategies to build a broad-based...
09/09/2013

Following up on a recent consultation, DFID’s Toward Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Africa and Beyond program is inviting new participants to join in its huddle, a virtual discussion of the best ways to advance its research program on FGM/C, beginning...
05/09/2013

The BBC reported on 3 September on the stories of two Gambian women whose applications for asylum in the UK were rejected. For more, visit the BBC
19/08/2013

The New Tactics community is hosting an online dialogue from 19-23 August on persuasion tactics and their role in influencing community-level change regarding harmful traditional practices, including FGM/C. The conversation is an opportunity for practitioners involved o...
25/07/2013

On Monday, July 22, UNICEF released Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, a report detailing global estimates of the prevalence of FGM/C drawn from 74 nationally representative household surveys in 29 countr...
22/07/2013

To launch the new UNICEF report "Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamic of change," UNICEF is hosting an event at the National Press Club from 12:00 to 14:00 pm EST on 22 July 2013. The event will be webcast live at: www...
07/07/2013

The ICPD International Conference on Human Rights will take place in The Netherlands from 7-10 July 2013. For more, including webcasts of plenary sessions, visit the conference website About the conference: Part of the UN mandated review of the 1994 ICPD Programme of A...
16/06/2013

This year, the International Day of the African Child was held with the theme "Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility." In a marking the Day, UNICEF and the African Union highlighted efforts by African commu...
06/02/2013

UNFPA and UNICEF joint press release Fewer girls threatened by Female Genital Mutilation UNFPA and UNICEF call for accelerated efforts as the practice begins to decline UNITED NATIONS, New York, 6 February 2013 – Fewer girls are subjected to the life-threatening pr...
20/12/2012

The UN General Assembly has adopted the resolution on the elimination of female genital mutilations. The resolution is about the Advancement of Women and dated December 5, 2012. More info on what was adopted: http://www.un.org/ga/search/ http://www.un.org/ga/search/v...
05/08/2012

Every year around 20,000 young women in the UK and France are "at risk" from female genital mutilation (FGM), but the way each country's authorities deal with those who carry it out are very different. Twenty-three-year-old Ayanna, herself a victim of FGM, stands again...
06/02/2012

marks the ninth commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and more than 3 million girls are a...
11/12/2011

The media have a strategic role to play in the diffusion of information. As such, they are a valued partner of the Joint Programme in promoting the abandonment of FGM/C. Radio and television are being used in Senegal, the Gambia and Ethiopia to disseminate correct infor...
25/10/2011

University of Nairobi hosted from 17 to 19 October 2011 an International Conference on Research, Healthcare and Preventive Measures for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and Support for Capacity Strengthening of Leadership and Research in Africa. The conference was orga...
17/10/2011

The Conference will be sponsored by the UNFPA and The University of Sydney (Australia) Other collaborating institutions are: The World Health Organisation (WHO)¸ the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) – Ghent University (Belgium), and The University...
13/09/2011

This past June, the National Popular Assembly (ANP) of Guinea-Bissau approved a law prohibiting female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) nationwide. The controversial law had been on the table for discussion for 16 years, before it was ultimately approved by 64 vot...
12/09/2011

Kenya has become the latest African country to ban female genital mutilation, with the passing of a law making it illegal to practice or procure it or take somebody abroad for cutting. The law even prohibits derogatory remarks about women who have not undergone FGM. Off...
01/09/2011

Guidelines on how to perform female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Health could cause an increase in the practice, medical experts and rights groups fear. "This will give doctors a new motivation to circumcise [girls] because n...
23/08/2011

We are pleased to share with you results of the online discussion forum on “Medicalization of FGM/C: A curse or a blessing?” that was held from August 8-15, 2011. We had a fruitful discussion , received 323 views and 16 replies from 6 different countries: Egypt, Eri...
16/08/2011

A mullah in Iraqi-Kurdistan talked in a Friday sermon about the new bill against domestic violence that passed the parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan in June. This law also forbids the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Various clerics and members of Islamic groups...
08/08/2011

INTACT in collaboration with the UNFPA – UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C will be hosting a one week online discussion forum titled “Medicalization of FGM/C: A curse or a blessing?” during the period August 8-15, 2011. This global online forum is an opportunity to ...
01/08/2011

(BBC news) - Men must play their part in breaking the cycle of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a Bristol detective has said. Det Ch Insp Dave McCallum, who leads the public protection unit of Avon and Somerset Police, said men from communities that practise it "have t...
23/07/2011

"I was 8 years old when my mother took me and my sisters to the hospital. I was really terrified because I didn't know what was going on. I entered a white room and was told by the nurse to lie on the bed. A few minutes later, I felt severe pain and then everything ende...
13/07/2011

(Washington Post) - In an exclusive this week, the Women’s Media Center reveals that the African hotel maid accusing former International Monetary Fund head Dominic Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault came to America to protect her daughter from female genital mutilation. ...
10/07/2011

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06/05/2011

(NY Daily News ) Nana Ouattara, a tall and elegant Harlem mother of two, grew up never thinking anything was wrong with her body. Until the West African immigrant was examined at Metropolitan Hospital during her pregnancy in 1994. Only then did it begin to dawn on her...
15/04/2011

(The Guardian ) It feels incongruous to be sitting in a cafe in Kendal – a town they call "the gateway to the Lake District" – discussing women's rights in the Rift Valley. And yet it couldn't be more relevant: because Cath Holland, the down-to-earth Lancash...
02/03/2011

(FIGO) - UK education charity Feed the Minds is reportedly looking at ways to prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) around the world. It will be launching a research paper on International Women's Day, held on March 8th, to consider ways to tackle the problem, report...
14/02/2011

The Population Council’s INTACT network is pleased to welcome you to this online discussion forum “Public declarations: How effective are they in mobilizing communities against FGM/C?” on February 14-21, 2011. This global online forum is an opportunity to share ex...
07/02/2011

As part of its commemoration of Zero Tolerance Day under the USAID-funded IDEA project, PRB will host an Online Discussion on “Two Decades of Data Collection on Female Genital Cutting: What Has Changed?” When: Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 noon to 1 p.m. EST Featu...
06/02/2011

UNITED NATIONS, New York—Over 6,000 communities have chosen to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), according to a joint United Nations programme designed to eliminate this practice, and the number is growing. UNFPA, the United Natio...
06/02/2011

In Africa, if you play music in an open space, any music, then people will generally come. "It is the way to reach people, to bring them together." So says Sister Fa, a Senegalese urban soul and hip-hop star who has been lending her voice to a remarkable new drive again...
14/12/2010

(Population Council) - The Survey of young people in Egypt (SYPE) highlights the findings from a nationally representative survey of young people in Egypt aged 10-29. SYPE was fielded in 2009 and did a complete situation analysis of 15,029 young people aged 10 to 29 y...
25/11/2010

As we observe the 2010 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, let us acknowledge the widespread and growing efforts to address this important issue. No longer are women’s organizations alone. From Latin America to the United States, fr...
18/11/2010

(UNICEF) - A new report provides evidence on how communities across Africa are ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite strong countervailing social pressures. The Dynamics of Social Change: Towards the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting i...
16/11/2010

(UNICEF/INNOCENTI) - Victims of Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C), and activists, share their insights and personal stories from Africa and Europe. Together they make a compelling case for the abandonment of FGM/C. This UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre docume...
11/11/2010

FLORENCE, Italy 18 November 2010 – A new report provides evidence on how communities across Africa are ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite strong countervailing social pressures. The Dynamics of Social Change: Towards the Abandonment of Fema...
07/11/2010

The Joint Programme on FGM/C in Sudan (implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA) organized a study visit to Egypt by four prominent Sudanese health professionals. The visit, which was coordinated by INTACT/ Cairo, aimed at familiarizing participants with Egypt’s experience in ...
31/08/2010

(WHO) – The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is still widespread in Egypt, with 91% prevalence in 2008 (Demographic Health Survey (DHS)). The limited reduction in spite of many years of campaigns against the practice indicates a limited understanding of...
31/07/2010

(WHO) - Decades of programming efforts aimed at eliminating female genital mutilation (FGM) have yielded varied and, in general, limited results. Reviews point to limits in the understanding of the process of decision making and change in the practice of FGM, and call f...