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Female Genital Mutilation Resurgence Needs Urgent Focus On Changing The Social Norms

Female Genital Mutilation Resurgence Needs Urgent Focus On Changing The Social Norms

Media reports have been awash with the resurgence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Sebei sub-region, with the highest number of victims reported coming from Kween district. Unconfirmed estimates have put the number of those mutilated at almost 400. The nation is shocked because many thought the practice was a thing of the past. […]

Ifrah Ahmed Creates Film To Spur A Global Movement Against FGM In Somalia

Ifrah Ahmed Creates Film To Spur A Global Movement Against FGM In Somalia

Ifrah Ahmed hopes the film will spur a global movement against FGM on the scale of the HIV/AIDS campaign. Eight years after fleeing war in Somalia, Ifrah Ahmed returned to her ravaged homeland with a mission – to end the “silent killer” of female genital mutilation. Somalia has the world’s highest rate of FGM, affecting […]

Swiss Court Upholds Sentence In Genital Mutilation Case

Swiss Court Upholds Sentence In Genital Mutilation Case

A ban on female genital mutilation extends to cases where the ritual cutting was performed in another country prior to the perpetrator coming to Switzerland, the nation’s highest court said on Friday, upholding a Somali woman’s conviction last year. The woman, who was not identified in Swiss Federal Tribunal documents, had two daughters circumcised in […]

Kenyan Maasai Mark Momentous Milestone In Move To End Female Genital Cutting

Kenyan Maasai Mark Momentous Milestone In Move To End Female Genital Cutting

I’m on my way home through a dismal February-London, and it already feels as if the exuberance, gravity and joy of the gathering I have just been privileged to witness in the Loita Hills of Kenya is far behind me. What I saw there was not an everyday occurrence. 3,000 Maasai came together to publicly […]

National Traditional Council ‘Ready To End FGM’

National Traditional Council ‘Ready To End FGM’

In observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), members of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, committed themselves to end the practice of FGM. According to research, FGM (also referred to as ‘female circumcision’), which involves removal of the clitoris, has some long-term […]

Human Rights Advocacy Group Tasks Liberia On Female Genital Measures

Human Rights Advocacy Group Tasks Liberia On Female Genital Measures

Equality Now, a human rights advocacy group has called on the Liberian government to act on anti-Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, laws that have elapsed. The immediate past president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued an executive order in January 2018 banning the practice for a year as she prepared to leave office. The one-year order has since […]

There Are Lots Of Things To Be Done In Fighting Gender Based Violence

There Are Lots Of Things To Be Done In Fighting Gender Based Violence

The ghost of sexual corruption is reported to dig its roots in offices, learning institutions and trading areas. The Police Gender Desk has confirmed that house-maids are another group of victims facing this form of harassment at a hefty extent. The law enforcers state that sexual assault to house maids is increasing because the victims […]

Traditions That Make Women Go Against FGM Laws – These Women See It As Normal

Traditions That Make Women Go Against FGM Laws – These Women See It As Normal

“It’s normal pain. Just like a knife cut which many people especially women once in a while encounter while preparing a meal.” This is how Ms Joan Cherop (not real name), 23, a candidate of female genital mutilation (FGM) candidate described the cultural practice, which, according to Ugandan laws is illegal. In 2010 Parliament enacted […]

New Wave Of Female Genital Mutilation In Uganda Targets Married Women

New Wave Of Female Genital Mutilation In Uganda Targets Married Women

A study by the Reproductive, Educative and Community Health Programme (REACH) has shown that traditionalists in Uganda have now shifted to circumcising married women with the consent of their families, causing the prevalence of FGM to rise drastically in older women. The NGO REACH interviewed more than 200 youths in the Sebei sub-region of eastern […]

Police Arrest 19 Persons For Aiding Female Circumcision

Police Arrest 19 Persons For Aiding Female Circumcision

The Police in Kween District have arrested 19 people over allegations of aiding women and girls to undergo the illegal Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in various sub-counties. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of human rights of women and girls. Athough it was outlawed in Uganda, it is still being practiced in some communities. […]

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