Tag Archive: Female genital mutilation

Jul 25 2014

“We’re sure ISIS will follow through”

As many people have pointed out here, and far more have pointed out elsewhere, the report that ISIS had ordered all girls/women aged 11 to 46 to undergo female genital mutilation may be a hoax. (Some have said it simply is a hoax, but that’s not clear yet.) But at least it’s not purely a …

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Jul 08 2014

FGM in Egypt

Dalia Farouk at The Cairo Post reports a bad trend in Egypt: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is increasing in rural areas in Egypt according to Women and Development Association (WDA) Alexandria governorate head Aida Nour al-Din, Youm7 reported Friday. Din said that FGM is also common in urban areas due to some religious beliefs that …

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May 07 2014

Call things by their right names

The Guardian tells us there are FGM “parties” in the UK. No punch, no cheese straws, no gossip, just carving up of little girls’ genitals. The cutting of girls at female genital mutilation “parties” is still going on in Britain and not just taking place abroad, healthcare experts have told MPs. The Commons home affairs …

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Apr 26 2014

The cutting in the back rooms

FGM in Egypt. Egypt has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world: a staggering 91 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have been cut, according to a 2013 report released by UNICEF (PDF). Genital mutilation is practiced in various forms across the African continent, from Nigeria to Somalia. In …

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Dec 21 2013

The hole is too small

There’s a clinic in West London that undoes a small part of the damage done by Female Genital Mutilation, specifically infibulation. It makes the hole bigger. Dr Naomi Low-Beer, Consultant Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and lead doctor for the FGM service at the West London clinic, performs the invaluable reversal surgery. She explained: …

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Dec 16 2013

Better to teach than to mutilate

A slice of life in rural Tanzania… Lozwi Longinai was preparing for her wedding day last month in northern Lingate village, but at the last minute her groom changed his mind after realising that his 18-year-old fiancée had not been circumcised.

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Nov 06 2013

Carving up little girls with sharp blades

The Guardian on the FGM report itself. Thousands of girls in danger of genital mutilation are being failed by the health and justice systems, a coalition of health professionals has warned in a report that recommends aggressive steps to eradicate the practice in the UK. Female genital mutilation (FGM) should be treated the same as …

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Nov 06 2013

She felt every single cut

At Comment is Free, Leyla Hussain on FGM. I was cut when I was seven years old. Four women held me down. I felt every single cut. I was screaming so much I just blacked out. I didn’t know what female genital mutilation (FGM) was until the day it happened to me. FGM is one …

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May 10 2013

They rang our fathers anonymously

Campaigning against FGM can be dangerous work, at least in the UK. The Guardian has spoken to women who have received death threats, been publicly assaulted and who have had to move house after speaking out about FGM, which involves cutting away some or all of a girl’s external genitalia and can include sewing up …

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Feb 07 2013

Edna Adan versus FGM

Edna Adan is one of the heroic women I learned about courtesy of the Half the Sky series. She built and runs a hospital in Somalia. A Safe World for Women gives us her statement on Female Genital Mutilation. As a midwife, I have been delivering babies for 50 years, many of whom were being …

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