Mariya Taher

Social Activist
Mariya Taher is a social activist and writer who has been involved in the gender violence field for over eight years, working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., The Women’s Foundation of California, and San Francisco State University. She received an MA in Social Work from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she majored in Religious Studies. Taher has contributed articles to New Welsh Review, Brown Girl Magazine, Solstice Literary Magazine, Global Voices, The Express Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, BayWoof and the Imagining Equality Project. She is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Lesley University.

Why Won't Massachusetts Pass a Law to Stop FGM?

June 30, 2018

They are still not listening to us. The bills and our stories sit on a desk, unheard, undiscussed and, worst of all, silenced. Since 2012, the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association has been advocating for a state law that would protect girls from female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C). Yet to...

We Need to Stop Blaming the Victim

September 10, 2016

Women’s bodies and sexuality should not have to be altered because a man is unable to control himself.  On September 3, an Egyptian lawmaker, Elhamy Agina, made an outrageous argument for the continuation of female genital mutilation (FGM), or female genital cutting. He claimed that women should “reduce their sexual...

Female Genital Cutting: An Unknown Global Concern

February 05, 2016

Female genital cutting is not restricted to the developing world—it is a global problem. Many people have heard of female genital cutting (FGC), which is also known as female genital mutilation or female circumcision. They have heard of the atrocious acts of women’s genitals being cut open for cultural and/or religious reasons....