Tag: Female Genital Mutilation

Ending FGM in Iran Needs International Support

Ending FGM in Iran Needs International Support

There is a growing body of evidence revealing that women and girls in communities in Iran and other parts of the Middle East are being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Yet efforts to end the practice often result in a backlash from conservative sections of society. With little...

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

Talking About FGM: How a Novel Made Me Braver

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...

Shattering the Silence on Female Genital Cutting

Shattering the Silence on Female Genital Cutting

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?

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

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

We Need to Stop Blaming the Victim

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

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

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....

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