Female Genital Mutilation Cases In the United States Have Doubled 

According to new numbers released by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the number of women at risk for female genital mutilation has practically doubled in the last decade. The latest numbers suggest that there are more than a half a million girls and women in the United States that are either at risk of… » 2/07/15 11:15am 2/07/15 11:15am

Egyptian Doctor Convicted for Death of Girl During FGM Surgery

After being prosecuted for the death of a 12-year-old girl whom he'd performed a female genital mutilation on, Egyptian doctor Rasdlan Fadl was acquitted of manslaughter in November. The trial was a first for Egypt, which had never before seen someone prosecuted over the controversial practice. The verdict was then… » 1/26/15 10:30am 1/26/15 10:30am

Ebola Is Temporarily Halting Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone

The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa has one slim silver lining: it's temporarily putting a stop to the female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone, where the procedure is traditionally performed on most pre-pubescent girls. Bloomberg reports that many FGM practitioners are refusing to do the procedure, because… » 1/14/15 4:20pm 1/14/15 4:20pm

​Doctor Acquitted in Egypt's Very First Female Genital Mutilation Trial

Earlier this year, Egypt broke some serious ground by arresting Dr. Raslan Fadl and charging him for manslaughter of Sohair al-Bata'a, a 12-year-old girl who died while he was performing a female genital mutilation (FGM) operation on her. Many hoped the case would deter both family members and doctors from continuing… » 11/22/14 12:30pm 11/22/14 12:30pm

Despite Decline, Female Genital Mutilation Is Still a Horrific Reality

Though the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is seeing a global decline, a new report by the United Nations Children's Fund has found that it is "almost universal" in certain countries, with 98 percent of girls and women from ages 15-49 having undergone the torturous "tradition" in Somalia. As many… » 7/23/13 1:50pm 7/23/13 1:50pm

Game Makers Hope People Will Want to Save Women From Genital Mutilation…

A new Facebook game inspired by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, in which players are tasked with the goal of "raising awareness" of issues like female genital mutilation, child prostitution, and sex trafficking, launches early next… » 2/18/13 10:00am 2/18/13 10:00am

United Nations Announces Global Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

The United Nations General Assembly's human rights committee unanimously voted to enact a global ban against female circumcision, instructing the UN's 193 member states to take direct action by enacting legislation and leading education campaigns for both young women and men in order to penalize violators and protect… » 11/27/12 10:00am 11/27/12 10:00am

Senegal Moves Toward Ending Female Circumcision

For years human rights organizations have been working to put an end to the tradition of cutting off a girl's clitoris, which an estimated 92 million African women and girls have been subjected to. Particularly rapid progress is being made in Senegal, thanks to a local movement that addresses the problem with… » 10/17/11 11:10am 10/17/11 11:10am