Failure to invest in girls has socioeconomic impacts on multiple generations.
Social norms, practices and attitudes in African societies hinder the lives, survival and development of girls.
An Egyptian doctor gives medical advice to a woman about female genital mutilation during an awareness campaign in Giza, outside the capital Cairo.
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Political change could open up civil spaces and support the voices of young women and girls who do not want to be cut.
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Why ‘stigmatising’ and ‘traumatising’ approaches to FGM safeguarding are in urgent need of a review.
2000 million women have undergone female genital mutilation and millions more are at risk each year.
An estimated 2000 million women have undergone female genital mutilation and millions more are at risk. The practice is carried out mainly for cultural and economic reasons.
Mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage and keeping their daughters in school for longer.
Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.
Efforts to end female genital mutilation are mostly designed by global and national agencies and risk ignoring change agents like the youth who are against the practice.
Circumcision of both boys and girls is practiced by the Maasai in Tanzania.
Efforts to discourage girls from being cut in Tanzania have changed the cultural meaning and practices around the ceremonial rite of passage.
Women wearing their WIPNET T-shirts plan a peace jamboree the day before the Liberian election in October 2017.
Thousands of Liberian women have banded together to bring about peace and to fight for women’s rights. They’ve changed the face of the African nation.
The UK’s FGM Act is discriminatory and inconsistent.
Women in crisis settings, such as refugee camps and war zones, are particularly likely to experience sexual assault.
Hollywood’s sexual predation scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. One in three women worldwide has been physically or sexually assaulted, and many girls’ first sexual experience is forced.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s record on women’s rights has been mixed.
The international media and her supporters continue to hoist Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf up as the matron of African women’s rights. But she does not deserve this title.
Intersex people are born with sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit binary notions of male or female bodies.
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Until we safeguard every child from all forms of violence, opposition to genital cutting will not be an Australian value.
By agencies working together, we can prevent female genital mutilation, which new research confirms is happening in Australia.
Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
A new study suggests women who undergo FGM in societies where it is prevalent have more surviving children – but the evidence isn’t strong enough.
Screenshot of a fiction movie researchers used to debate genital cutting among families they worked with in Sudan.
In Sudan, female genital cutting is common among many communities. The use of movies that debate this question could change people’s opinions about the practice.
Pokot girls in Kenya wait for an ceremony that marks their passage into womanhood – and means they’re ready for marriage.
Despite high levels of knowledge and information, communities still adhere to cultural practices which endanger their children.
More than 80% of female circumcision in Indonesia are performed on babies under 1-year-old.
Female genital mutilation have long been carried out by traditional circumcisers in Indonesia. In recent years, the ritual has been increasingly institutionalised into medical practice.
The Whittington Hospital, where the first UK doctor to be charged with FGM worked.
On 21 March, the Crown Prosecution Service announced the first prosecution of a person accused of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, a doctor at the Whittington Hospital…
Female genital mutilation is happening in the UK.
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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is happening across the UK but despite being illegal for nearly 30 years, there have been no convictions. Fortunately, politicians are beginning to pick up on the issue…