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John Oliver Reveals the Disturbingly High Rate of FGM in Egypt

Last week, there were reports that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) was requiring all women living in the city of Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The alarming news has since been called into question, however, as John Oliver pointed out on Last Week Tonight, FGM is still widely practiced… » 7/28/14 2:00pm 7/28/14 2:00pm

Egypt Tries Doctor for Female Genital Mutilation in Landmark Case

Female genital mutilation (FGM)—the horrifying practice of modifying or removing various parts of female genitalia for non-medical purposes that are somewhere in the no man's land between cultural and religious reasons—has been outlawed in Egypt since 2007. Given the prevalence of the practice, however, many families… » 3/16/14 12:00pm 3/16/14 12:00pm

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

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