Archive for February 6th, 2021


An Additional 2 Million Girls Are at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030 Due to COVID-19

Fatuma, Ethiopia

6 February 2021 (United Nations)* —  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a practice rooted in gender inequalities that rests on the shakiest of foundations of faulty beliefs, perceived obligations and inferred expectations, tied together in a durable knot.

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‘A Piece of Me’ Was Taken

(UN News, February 2020)*“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences.

Sara Elgamal for UNFPA | Abida Dawud, a survivor of female genital mutilation, walks in the Afar desert of northern Ethiopia.
The three women, all from the Afar Region of the Horn of Africa country, tell their stories in the hope that they can empower others in their communities to help bring an end to FGM.The practice which involves injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons is internationally recognized as a violation of women’s human rights.

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The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation: A Dark Secret No More

Today, Jan. 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. In commemoration IPS has reissued our piece on FGM/C in India.


Masooma Ranalvi is the founder of WeSpeakOut and has campaigned to end FGM/C.

NEW DELHI, India, Feb 6 2021 (IPS)* – Survivors of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), are determined to share their stories to end this practice – even though they face ostracisation by their communities.

Masooma Ranalvi, an FGM/C survivor and founder of ‘WeSpeakOut’, an organisation committed to eliminating FGM/C or khafd/khafz/khatna explains that FGM/C is practised by various communities in India but is prominently practised among the Dawoodi Bohras.

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No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation

Family smiling at camera

Mura Arabe (second from the right) and her family in Afar, Ethiopia. Mura’s father supports the abandonment of female genital mutilation and has protected his daughters from undergoing this practice. PHOTO:Luca Zordan for UNFPA
5 February 2021 (United Nations)* — Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women.

Ending Female Genital Mutilation by 2030

Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulty in passing urine, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health.

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