Egypt renews crackdown on female mutilation

Publication Date: 
September 3, 2010
BBC News
Photo Credit: BBC

There are giggles and shouts as little children play boisterously in the dusty street by the Hadad family home in the village of Abu Nashaba.

Just inside the front door, however, a mother dressed in black is sitting on the floor weeping silently. It is less than a month since the death of her 13-year-old daughter, Nermeen.

The girl died in a nearby health clinic and was buried without a permit from the local authorities.

“They Took Me and Told Me Nothing”: Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

Publication Date: 
June, 2010
Human Rights Watch

I remember my mother and her sister-in-law took us two girls, and there were four other girls. We went to Sarkapkan for the procedure.

Kenya: Culture & Traditions Impact Women's & Girls' Rights

Publication Date: 
November 16, 2009
Photo: Irin

GARISSA - Armed with a university certificate, Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji returned to her pastoralist community in Garissa, northeastern Kenya, expecting to serve as a veterinary health assistant.

USA: Equality Now Press Release on FGM

Publication Date: 
May 27, 2010
Equality Now
Equality Now

Equality now welcomes decision by American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to withdraw its 2010 policy statement on female genital mutilation (FGM) that endorces pediatricians' "nicking" of girls' genitalia.

Women and Islam: Religion, Tradition, or Simply Human Rights?


“Women – religion or belief – human rights”. When referring to the Islamic world we should change it into “Women – Islam or tradition – human rights”. As a matter of fact in the Arab-Islamic world it is sometimes hard to separate religion and tradition when talking about women. What is a clear derivation from Koranic teachings and what is a simple traditional custom? When it comes to FGM, honor killings, wife beating and other matters regarding female discrimination is it a matter of religion, of tradition, of tradition justified through a wrong interpretation of religion or what else?

Iraq: Kurdistan - Study Shows Prevalence of FGM - Urge to Ban

New survey reveals that majority of women in Kurdistan have undergone genital mutilation.

Ending Female Genital Mutilation - A Strategy for the European Union Institutions

Amnesty International

Ending Female Genital Mutilation - A Strategy for the European Union Institutions

Three million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation worldwide each year. That's 8000 girls per day.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of violence against women and children that can amount to torture.

Fatwas against FGM in Mauritania and Niger

By Laurent Prieur and Abdoulaye Massalatchi

NOUAKCHOTT/NIAMEY, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Efforts to eradicate female genital circumcision in West Africa have taken a step forward with a fatwa against the practice in Mauritania and sanctions in Niger against mothers who subject their daughters to it.

Kenya - FGM - 350 girls to face the knife

November 25, 2009

At least 350 teenage girls are to be circumcised in the next two weeks in Marakwet East and Pokot Central districts.

Kenya - Culture & Traditions Impact Women's & Girls' Rights

Young girls in northeastern Kenya may end up undergoing FGM, which has both immediate and longterm health effects