July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday called for intensive efforts to address the issue of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), calling the practice a form of gender-based discrimination that violated the right to be free from torture. Pillay stressed that FGM/C ...[read more]
February 7, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), called FGM/C an affront to human dignity and... ...[read more]
July 23, 2013
by G. Redd
Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is on the decline around the world, according to a comprehensive new report released Monday by UNICEF. FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non- ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday that significant progress has been made in ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) but called upon the international community to do more to end the practice. UNICEF estimates that more than 120 ...[read more]
November 28, 2012
by Blake Lynch
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). The committee's resolution calls on the UN's 193 member countries to enact and enforce legislation to protect women and girls from female circumcision and ...[read more]
February 7, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The UN released its annual report Monday on trends in female genital mutilation (FGM), revealing that approximately 2,000 African communities have renounced the practice since last year. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) compiled the report to fulfill a joint- ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer
UN rights experts called Monday for all global communities to participate in the effort to end female genital mutilation (FGM). The statement, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Genital Mutilation and Cutting, encourages abandonment of the practice that has long-term health ...[read more]
December 10, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 10, 2009, the Ugandan Parliament voted unanimously to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM). Under the legislation, anyone who conducts the procedure faces a 10-year prison sentence, and anyone convicted of aggravated FGM faces life imprisonment. Aggravated FGM would include ...[read more]
June 20, 2010
by Torrey Hullum
Yifat Susskind: "The report by Human Rights Watch on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kurdistan reveals the troubling reality facing women and girls compelled to undergo the procedure. Human Rights Watch references specifically the failure of the Kurdistan Regional Government to take seriously ...[read more]

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