(...) However, despite all this worldwide effort to end FGM/C, India in particular, has escaped much of the focus and global attention due to the fact ‘khatna‘ or ‘khafd’ (see endnote for meaning and use of term) or FGM/C is pervasive and secretly practiced amongst the members of the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community.
Author: DILSHAD TAVAWALLA
One in every five Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operations in the last five years was performed by a medical professional.
And Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri has said it is unethical for health professionals to engage in the illegal practice. “You will be charged and licenses withdrawn,” warned Dr Muraguri. The Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Board chairperson Linah Kilimo also reproached the medics abetting the illegal practice and warned of stern action.
Author: Joy Wanja Muraya
More than fifty girls who underwent female circumcision have been rescued and taken to a rescue centre in Chepkombe, West Pokot County.
The girls were circumcised during the December holidays and were set to be married off this January by their parents.
One of the officials has housed the children in one of her plots, with the girls now enrolled in lower primary classes as they have been out of school for a long time.
Author: Pheonah Kenga
A World Bank report has confirmed our worst fears; that cultural practices are overriding formal legal regulations in sealing the economic gap between men and women in sub-Saharan Africa. (...)
It is not a secret that retrogressive cultural practices are a thorn in the flesh of many governments who have the desire to empower women economically. In East Africa, especially, early marriages and female genital mutilation have contributed immensely to slow economic growth among the women folk.
Author: Anne Kiruku
Photo: Citizen Digital
NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than half a million women and girls in the United States live at risk of female genital mutilation, a threefold increase in recent years due to the rise in immigrants from countries where it is practiced, a government study said on Thursday.
The number of U.S. women and girls who have undergone the actual procedures is unknown, however, due to a lack of reliable data, said the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The report said the estimated 513,000 women and girls at risk were born or have a parent born in a nation where female cutting is a tradition.
Author: Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Photo: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly