News on Female genital mutilation

20 May 2019
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I have met many women who have suffered tremendously during labour,” said Dr. Kenza Aden, a general practitioner in Djibouti. This is because most of her patients – like about 78 per cent of... Read more
5 February 2019
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Asha lays out the tools she uses to perform female genital mutilation in Somalia. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Too often, the first message a girl receives about her body is that it is imperfect – too fat or too thin, too dark or too freckled. But for some girls, the message is that, to be accepted by... Read more
22 October 2018
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Without safe houses, girls will be cut,” said human rights activist Rhobi Samwelly, who runs two safe houses for girls in the Butiama and Serengeti districts of Tanzania’s largely rural Mara... Read more
9 October 2018
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was young, I did not want to be cut,” said Aissata Camara, speaking at the High-Level Panel on Female Genital Mutilation, held during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General... Read more
1 March 2018
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Durame, ETHIOPIA – Genet Girma, 31, was a trailblazer in her community. Fifteen years ago, she ran away from home when she learned that her mother planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). As in many... Read more
6 February 2018
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Latty, 14, was inspired by her mother to call for the elimination of FGM. Luca Zordan for UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother. Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in... Read more
31 January 2018
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Abdullah Ali Abdullah has spent 30 years working with communities in North Kordofan to encourage abandonment of female genital mutilation. © UNFPA Sudan
EL OBEID, Sudan – In the early 1980s, Abdullah Ali Abdullah saw constant infections and childbirth complications while volunteering in a health centre in Sudan’s North Kordofan state. He soon realized many of these... Read more
22 November 2017
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “That’s what’s left of my teeth after my husband beat me,” Ameera* said at a women’s shelter in south-western Yemen. She held out three white shards, which she keeps as evidence for her... Read more
22 September 2017
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Svitlana Tavantseva counsels survivors of violence in Ukraine. Too often, she says, women are shamed rather than perpetrators. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women continues to be the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. Roughly one in three women experience physical or sexual assault in her lifetime – and this... Read more
6 September 2017
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Faith (centre) with her friends Sylvia (right) and Vivian, who all ran away from home to avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
NAIKARRA, Kenya – “I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained... Read more

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