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Tag Archive: Female genital mutilation

Mar 31 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood calls it beautification

Via Deeyah, via Mona Eltahawy: Azza El Garf of the Freedom and Justice Party – the Muslim Brotherhood party – disapproves of the ban on FGM. She condemns the notorious “virginity tests”  that military officers and doctors are accused of perpetrating on a group of female  protesters in March 2011. But she disagrees with Egypt’s 2008 ban …

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Mar 25 2012

It’s not a priority

I saw a powerful BBC report on FGM in Egypt the other day. The most chilling part is at the very end (11:00) when Sue Lloyd Roberts asks a Salafist honcho if he’s on board with the campaign to end FGM and he said it’s not a priority. She pressed him by saying, “So you wouldn’t …

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Oct 16 2011

Men couldn’t hear the girl’s screams

One small bit of good news, for a change. The movement to end genital cutting is spreading in Senegal at a quickening pace through the very ties of family and ethnicity that used to entrench it. And a practice once seen as an immutable part of a girl’s life in many ethnic groups and African …

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Sep 01 2011

My faith dispels any doubts

And by the way three cheers for female genital mutilation. …some communities see the practice as an integral part of their culture. “I have two daughters and five nieces, all circumcised by doctors. I do not consider it a human rights violation because, according to our religious teachings, it has been divinely ordained. My faith …

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