Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

November 20, 2020

For an entire year before my novel’s publication date, I braced myself. I’ve never felt this way about a new novel’s birth. But “Seven” — about Sharifa, a 40-year-old woman who returns to India on a marriage-saving trip to research a revered ancestor — was different. Folded into...

A Survivor of FGM Shares Her Story

November 26, 2019

Rasika Dugal, an Indian actress, reads out 19-year-old Fatema's story of how she underwent female genital cutting as a child.

Shattering the Silence on Female Genital Cutting

November 14, 2019

In this powerful story, Mariya Taher speaks candidly about her experience as a survivor of “vacation cutting” — female genital cutting done when US-born children are taken out of the country to visit family members in parts of the world where the procedure is not yet illegal.

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)....

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...

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

January 15, 2014

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....