Somali Girls’ Deaths Spur More Calls to End FGM

Somali Girls’ Deaths Spur More Calls to End FGM

NAIROBI, KENYA — A spate of deaths of young girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has renewed calls for Somalia to outlaw the tradition. Four girls, ages 10 and 11, from central and northern Somalia have died in the last three months after having been cut, and seven others are in hospitals, activists said. “More and… Continue Reading Somali Girls’ Deaths Spur More Calls to End FGM

FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced in Sri Lanka. However, to those outside the practicing communities, this information elicits shock and disbelief. Secrecy about FGM in Sri Lanka is both imposed and internalised. Women who have experienced FGM strongly fear retaliation for speaking out. There is a lack of freedom to discuss, question and explore… Continue Reading FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

Following a temporary ban on female genital mutilation during the Ebola crisis, FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone. Worldwide, some 200 million girls and women have had their genitals cut, whether by force or by choice. During Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak, the government banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in an emergency health… Continue Reading FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the “khatna” – a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual – a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem’s vagina,… Continue Reading Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Some children in the UK have spent months on child protection plans – or in foster care – on the false suspicion they are victims of female genital mutilation, a BBC report has found. The BBC understands that it can take months for children to be examined in cases where FGM is suspected. Children can… Continue Reading Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned. A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi’s application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Ms May has ordered immigration minister Brandon Lewis to personally oversee a review of her… Continue Reading Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

Lawyers will argue in a landmark trial that female genital mutilation is a right under religious freedom protected by the First Amendment. Two Detroit doctors and one of their wives are facing multiple federal charges for cutting two seven-year-old girls. Defense lawyers will argue the doctors didn’t cut the girls’ genitalia and only scraped it,… Continue Reading US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

Genital mutilation also occurs in the US, activists call on states to make it illegal

Every day, an estimated 8,000 girls worldwide are cut and marred in a debilitating process known as female genital mutilation, or FGM. But survivors and experts stress that this is not a faraway human rights violation. A portion of it is happening right here in the United States of America. “Not a day goes by… Continue Reading Genital mutilation also occurs in the US, activists call on states to make it illegal

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation

ATLANTA – A citizen and national of Ethiopia was removed Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to his native country after serving 10 years in prison. Khalid Adem, 41, a native and citizen of Ethiopia was convicted in Gwinnett Country, Georgia, of aggravated battery and cruelty to children… Continue Reading ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation