Raslan Fadl was the first doctor in Egypt to be handed a prison sentence for performing female genital mutilation (FGM), after a 13-year-old girl in his care died. Nearly a year after his conviction, he has yet to serve a day in prison. An NPR reporter tells how she easily…

Jaha Dukureh, the most prominent young woman campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Gambia, welcomed the news last week when President Yahya Jammeh announced their country was moving into the 21st century and there was no place for FGM in the modern…

In 2007, following the deaths of 2 newborn girls from FGM-related complications, many in Colombia’s Embera community were stunned to learn that the group’s midwives had long carried out the practice, frequently in secret. An education campaign for midwives and other women…

Warriors—a new documentary released today—shows a Maasai cricket team going to bat against long-held cultural attitudes in Kenya favoring female genital mutilation (FGM). “It started a long time ago when we were young and our sisters were being married off and not…

The UK has launched Petals, a free app developed by a team at Coventry University, to educate girls about FGM and allow them to access helplines anonymously. The app’s debut comes just ahead of “cutting season” when girls living in the UK are at risk of illegally being…

Determined to tackle female genital mutilation and child marriage, international development secretary Justine Greening described the focus of Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) on women and girls as “relentless.” “The days of being able to simply…

New data about female genital mutilation is being amassed in the UK to provide better evidence for potential prosecutions of those who carry out the illegal act. The numbers: 578 girls—60 of whom were under 18—were treated for FGM in England in March according to the…

By Ben Tidwell While the prevalence of female genital mutiliation (FGM) in Iraq (8%) means it does not enter the conversation frequently, rates in Iraqi Kurdistan are estimated to be between 60-70%. (Sources here and here.)