Category Archives: Female Genital Mutilation

FGM Increasing in the U.S.

fgmc-unitedstates-share-1 copyLast month, Jaha Dukureh held the hand of a pregnant 17-year-old girl as she went through a particularly painful experience in the delivery room. Dukureh supported the girl after she fled an arranged marriage.

“I was looking at the doctors just because they are looking at her, they know something happened to her, but they didn’t say anything about it.”

Like Dukureh herself, the soon-to-be mother was a survivor of female genital mutilation – but none of the doctors or nurses assisting in her birth inquired about that.

She said she wanted to say to the people in the hospital, “This girl almost died because of this and you guys are just looking at it as if it’s culture. She’s [a minor] and you’re not even asking…why this happened to this girl when FGM is illegal in this country.”

“That bothers me,” Dukureh said in a phone interview with ThinkProgress. “FGM needs to be looked at as child abuse.”

The 25-year-old founded Safe Hands for Girls to advocate for greater awareness and more stringent laws around FGM. She’s working to make sure that the same sort of requirements for reporting child abuse apply to female genital mutilation, a form of gender-based violence which is increasingly common in the United States.

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A Hundred Females Had FGM within 4 Months Time in Britain

stop_fgm_light_tshirt copyOne hundred women and girls have come forward and revealed they were subjected to female genital mutilation in the last FOUR MONTHS of 2014 in central Manchester alone, MM can reveal. 

The shocking new statistics also reveal that 556 women in Central Manchester had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures and were since alerted to health officials also between September and December last year. 

There were 1,946 NEW cases of FGM reported nationally, combining for a total 6,875 active caseloads for those in the NHS at the forefront of the battle against the abhorrent practice. 

Most appallingly, 198 girls were subjected to deinfibulation, a surgical procedure of opening up a stitched up vagina when the husband returns from being away or on the wedding night. 

Yet this is believed to only be ‘the tip of the iceberg’, as councillors last month claimed that there are many more being subjected to FGM unknown to health workers – and 2,000 more are believed to be at risk.

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Muslimas Risk Female Genital Mutilation in the U.S.

image from Plan's end fgm campaignFGM in America, Pam Geller has it all here. Even the NYT chimes in. And it is not good. So I’ll polish my poem and plot my resistance.

FGM: How Sad to Cut the Flower of Life

My heart breaks for these innocent girls, mutilated at their sacred core by barbaric customs and a heinous cult, condemned to suffer forever more.

Mutilated women never knowing what they miss, the satisfaction of sexual bliss, or of having an easy childbirth, sensing only that their life is of little worth.

How sad to cut the flower of life, to take away the pleasure, that takes away the strife, and eases the soul, helps mould a man and woman into One, a treasure greater than gold, a sacred ground that all long for and few have ever found.

May these women wake from this nightmare of subjugation and profound inhumanity,

this aberration of sex and power, may they rise above the pain and sorrow caused by this patriarchal pagan sacrifice and stop the hands that wield the knife, that cuts out the root of their flower of life.

Egyptian Dr. Convicted of Performing Female Genital Mutilation on Girl Who Died

33-Bowers copyAn Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.

The doctor, Raslan Fadl, was initially acquitted of the 2013 death of Sohair el-Batea in a village in the Nile Delta province of Dakahliya. He was not present in court Monday and his whereabouts were unknown.

Monday’s verdict was “a triumph for women,” said lawyer Reda el-Danbouki, who represented the deceased. Egypt has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world and criminalized the practice in 2008, but it remains widespread.

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Female Genital Mutilation Trial in Britain

fgm copyA young mother knew she shouldn’t have undergone female genital mutilation when she was asked about the barbaric practice soon after giving birth, a court heard.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is standing trial accused of carrying out the illegal procedure on the woman shortly after helping deliver her first child at the Whittington Hospital in north London.

It is the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.

Specialist female genital mutilation (FGM) midwife Joy Clarke told London’s Southwark Crown Court that when she spoke to the woman about the barbaric practice after she gave birth, the mother replied: “The law means I can’t do this to my children.”

The woman, 24 at the time, first underwent FGM aged six in Somalia, the court heard. The highly dangerous procedure left her at risk of infection, hemorrhage and even death.

The woman, known only as AB, gave birth to her first child on November 24,  2012.

Dr Dharmasena was seen carrying out the re-stitching of her labia by another midwife and an investigation was launched by the hospital trust.

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Female Genital Mutilation in the News

fgm1 copyReports that in some African countries female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures are being carried out in hospitals have prompted activists, religious leaders and international rights groups to voice concern about the increasing medicalisation of the procedure.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 18% of FGM procedures are now being done by healthcare workers using surgical scissors and anesthetic, with an increasing number of doctors and nurses allegedly performing the procedure at the request of families, despite FGM being illegal in many countries.

“Taking it to hospital does not make it right,” Rev. Richard Nyangoto, a Roman Catholic priest from Kisii County, Kenya told Crux News. “It’s evil,” he added, saying that the procedures are often being carried out by medical workers in return for money.

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Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls returned home Monday (January 12th) after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), Tanzania’s state television said.

Minister of Labour and Employment Gaudensia Kabaka called on traditional leaders to use their influence to stop “this retrograde practice.”

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Cath Holland and Domtila Chesang speak with the easy affection of best friends. They gently mock each other, finish each other’s sentences and burst into fits of laughter at something the other has said. At first they seem an unlikely pair – Holland, 64, grew up in a large Irish immigrant family in Lancashire; Chesang, 40 years her junior, was raised in a hut in Kenya.

Their friendship began when Holland, a midwife, was volunteering in the West Pokot region in west Kenya 30 years ago and began touring the region to warn about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM). Chesang, then nine and traumatised after witnessing the mutilation of her cousin, sought Holland’s advice and the two struck up a friendship. Holland even paid for Chesang’s education. Decades later, their bond is strengthened by a united passion to combat

FGM in some of Kenya’s most remote regions through awareness campaigns.

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Father and Dr. Acquitted in FGM Death Trial

fgm08-640 copyThe doctor and father of a 13-year-old girl who died after allegedly undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) have been acquitted in a landmark trial in Egypt.

Doctor Raslan Fadl was cleared of all charges alongside the father of Suhair al-Bataa, a lawyer in the case said.

Suhair died in June 2013. Her doctor denied carrying out FGM on her, and blamed her death on an allergy.

The practice of FGM was banned in Egypt in 2008 but is still widespread.

More than 90% of Egyptian women aged under 50 have experienced it, according to government statistics.

Campaigners against FGM – in Egypt and abroad – hoped this prosecution would serve as a deterrent. They pushed hard to get the authorities to bring the case, and hoped to see jail terms handed down. The legislation banning FGM in Egypt allows for sentences of up to two years.

After both defendants were acquitted, activists said the case would put more girls at risk.

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Lies about FGM Debunked

fgmc_map_2014_189 copyThis week’s episode of The Glazov Gang was joined by Dr. Mark Christian, the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute. He is the son and nephew of high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in his home country of Egypt. A former Islamic Imam who converted from Islam to Christianity, he dedicated his life and work to the proposition that “the first victims of Islam are the Muslim themselves.”

Dr. Christian came on the show to discuss Reza Aslan’s Lies About Islamic Female Genital Mutilation, giving a first-hand account about a vicious Islamic crime perpetrated against Muslim girls. He discussed the Islamic theology that serves as the buffer to Islamic FGM and shared his own experience as a doctor trying to help the Muslim women who had been victimized by it.

He also shed light on Rula Jebreal’s Deceptions Against Bill Maher, unveiling the falsehoods Jebreal recently uttered on Maher’s program about Islam in her effort to delegitimize the Real Time host’s truth-telling about Islamic terror and tyranny.

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An African immigrant used a razor blade to mutilate a woman’s genitalia in a gruesome mingling of culture, cruelty and crime, the Daily News has learned.

Moussa Diarra, 48, was arrested after the alleged Sept. 14 attack on the 24-year-old victim at his upper Manhattan apartment, authorities said.

The victim says she was reluctant to call police because Diarra threatened to kill her if she exposed his attempt at performing a female circumcision — removing her clitoris.

Diarra, a native of the Ivory Coast, sliced the woman’s genitals with a razor blade “for his own direct sexual gratification,” according to a criminal complaint.

The suspect, arrested Sept. 23, was indicted six days later on charges of a criminal sexual act and two counts of assault — along with a fourth count of aggravated sexual assault for inserting a foreign object into her vagina in the month before the razor attack.

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