• female genital mutilation

    Ending Female Cutting: Cause for Celebration or Worry?

    by  • February 15, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    It is not often that the word “clitoris” is uttered in public forums of the United Nations. Yet participants in the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation at UN headquarters recently heard that word repeatedly, along with poignant stories of survivors of the painful, bloody and sometimes-fatal procedure at an event marking...

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    The Legal Push to End Genital Cutting of Girls in the US and Abroad Progresses

    by  • August 11, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 2 Comments

    Almost 20 years have passed since the genital mutilation of girls has been outlawed in the United States, but the traditional practice has continued to grow ever faster in recent years with increased immigration from parts of Africa where it is most common. It is estimated that more than 500,000 girls and women in...

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    UN and US Congress Act to Curtail Female Cutting Globally

    by  • December 23, 2012 • Africa, General Assembly, Health and Population, Human Rights, Middle East, Women • 2 Comments

    Young girls in Sierra Leone about to be circumcised

    Only four days before Christmas, when many minds were fixated on the year-end holidays, two important steps were taken almost unnoticed to combat female genital mutilation globally, raising hopes that millions of girls might be spared the excruciatingly painful and harmful yet persistent practice. In what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “historic” UN action, the...

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