Why Newborn Girls Are Wearing Blue in Cairo Today

Today in Cairo, some newborn baby girls will sport blue ribbon pins that look like the Arabic word “no”—showing that their parents are saying no to female genital mutilation, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
 
It’s part of a campaign to end the practice in Egypt, where nearly 9 in 10 women and girls have been cut—more than any other country, according to the UN. “It is a wrong and ugly belief. We have to make clear that FGM (does not stop) sexual desire," said Amira Edris, a doctor at one of the participating hospitals participating to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone FGM, Unicef says. Equality Now’s Divya Srinivasan in IPS says that’s a serious underestimate, and she calls for a truly global effort—with more focused attention from governments, legal structures, the UN and the medical community—to end the scourge.

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