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FGM: Mutilating the female spirit

July 30, 2012

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Source: This is a picture of a 10-year-old at an Egyptian barbershop used by CNN in 1995. CAIRO: She asked me if I liked her, a lot – not only if I liked her, but also if I liked her “a lot”. It’s hard breaking her good heart. But the truth is, I could not […]

Female genital mutilation ‘divides opinion in Egypt’

July 16, 2012

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  Female genital mutilation (FGM) is proving to be a divisive subject in Egypt, an academic has stated. According to Dr Richard Gauvain of the American University in Dubai, there is one group in the country that fights for human rights to be universally applied and another that supports “traditional society”, Al Arabiya reports. He […]

Female Genital Mutilation conference in Bristol

July 14, 2012

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Female Genital Mutilation is carried out in over 28 countries A national conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has taken place in Bristol. Integrate Bristol, which organised it, said the young people it works with had requested the conference and helped with its organisation. The charity was awarded a grant from the Lankelly Chase Foundation […]

Are fears of legalization of female genital mutilation in Egypt real?

July 12, 2012

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According to the World Health Organization, FGM is recognized as a violation of human rights of women and children, as it is often carried out on minors. (Reuters) By Yasmin Helal Al Arabiya Despite a 1996 ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt, the issue continues to be a divisive one, especially amid fears […]

Effort to curb female genital mutilation in Tanzania ‘is working’

July 10, 2012

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A strategy designed to reduce the number of female genital mutilation cases in Tanzania appears to be succeeding. According to Imelda Hyera, chair of German group Rafaels, some people in the Mkinga District used to depend on the practice in order to generate money, Tanzanian newspaper the Guardian reports. However, the organisation has recently been […]

Female genital mutilation ‘violates the rights of girls’

June 25, 2012

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The rights of girls in Ghana are being violated when they suffer female genital mutilation, officials have stated. According to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the procedure discriminates against young women and is a form of abuse. However, municipal officer for the Bawku area Haruna Alhassan insisted the government is working to […]

Female genital mutilation in South Africa

June 8, 2012

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Author: Barbara Kitui Female genital mutilation (FGM) is one of the cultural practises embedded amongst the Venda community of north-east of South Africa. Eight weeks or less after childbirth, Venda women undergo a traditional ceremony called muthuso. Muthuso is a process of cutting the vaginal flesh of the mother by a traditional healer. The flesh […]