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Jul 22, 2014

Britain plans new laws to prevent female genital mutilation

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

The government, hosting a one-day London summit on FGM and forced marriage, also announced 1.4 million pounds ($2.4 million) of funding for an prevention program and said it would enact legislation that would see parents prosecuted if they fail to prevent their daughter undergoing such a practice.

Jun 30, 2014
via The Human Impact

“They told me to have a sex change” – Iranian lesbian

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Sara, a bright young woman studying for a masters at Tehran University, is a lesbian – but if the Iranian authorities had their way, she would change her sex and become a man.

Homosexuality is considered sinful in predominantly Muslim Iran, and homosexual acts are illegal. Sex changes, however, are legal and appear to be positively encouraged by doctors and psychologists as “treatment” for people who prefer their own sex.

Jun 2, 2014
via The Human Impact

Catch 22: Steven’s story of statelessness in Britain

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Three years ago Steven walked into a police station in the British city of Cardiff and asked to be arrested even though he hadn’t committed any crime. When the police refused, he asked if it would help if he insulted an officer. They refused again.

Steven had hit rock bottom after a series of events had left him destitute, and he believed a police cell would be preferable to another night sleeping rough.

May 16, 2014
via The Human Impact

“FGM is bad, but it’s not child abuse,” says London-born victim

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When London-born Jay was a teenager her mother suggested she join a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone. There would be a big party, new dresses and she would be treated like royalty.

“If they’d told me what the real deal was I would have probably skipped town!” she says. “I wouldn’t have got on that plane.”

Feb 7, 2014
via The Human Impact

Secret societies make Liberia one of the hardest places to end FGM

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Liberia made history as the first African country to elect a female leader, but strong taboos make it one of the hardest countries to crack when it comes to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM).

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on women’s rights, has said little on the subject. But she is in an awkward position.

Feb 7, 2014
via The Human Impact

The pain is far worse than childbirth – FGM survivor

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Britain has announced new measures to tackle the hidden crime of female genital mutilation making it compulsory for doctors and nurses to record FGM cases. London community worker Sarian Karim Kamara, who underwent FGM as a child in Sierra Leone, told me how it has affected her life and why midwives are on the frontline in efforts to end the brutal practice.

“I’ll never forget what happened to me. I was only 11 years old and I’m 36 now. I’ve had five children and the pain I went through on that day cannot begin to compare to any of my labour pains. It’s indescribable.

Apr 12, 2013
via The Human Impact

Fiery activist persuades Gambia to ban FGM

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Gambian rights activist Isatou Touray has dedicated her life to ridding her country of female genital mutilation (FGM). In return she has received death threats, been imprisoned and suffered repeated harassment.

But Touray has good news. This year, the tiny West African country is finally set to pass a law banning the brutal ritual, which causes horrific pain and long-term health and psychological problems.

Dec 20, 2012

Factbox – What is female genital mutilation?

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Nations passed a resolution on Thursday urging countries to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) – a practice that puts millions of girls a year at risk of serious physical and psychological problems. Below are some facts about FGM.

* An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to FGM. In Africa alone, it is thought that three million girls may undergo FGM every year.

Dec 20, 2012

What is female genital mutilation?

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Nations passed a resolution on Thursday urging countries to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) – a practice that puts millions of girls a year at risk of serious physical and psychological problems. Below are some facts about FGM.

* An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to FGM. In Africa alone, it is thought that three million girls may undergo FGM every year.

Oct 22, 2012
via The Human Impact

U.N. considers ban on female genital cutting

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At seven years old, Khady Koita’s childhood was torn apart when she was pinned down and attacked by two women wielding a razor blade. The violence inflicted on her that day would change her life forever.

Last week the global campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) took a major step forward when a draft resolution on eliminating the practice was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly.