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7/29/2014 - Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US
The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM. According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice. Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters....

7/23/2014 - 100 Days: Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram....

6/20/2014 - UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation
Community and religious leaders in the United Kingdom came together this week to condemn the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The Church of England and the Muslim Women's Network UK were two of 160 groups who supported the announcement denouncing FGM as a form of violence against women and a denial of women's human rights not supported by religious doctrine....

7/23/2013 - New Report Shows FGM in Decline, but 30 Million Girls Still at Risk
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a report Monday saying that 30 million girls are at risk for female genital mutilation (FGM), despite a global decline in the practice....

2/6/2012 - International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM/C Day
For International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM/C today, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme for the Acceleration of the Abandonment of FGM/C released a new report, Key Results and Highlights 2011, which indicates that approximately 2,000 African communities have abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)....

12/2/2011 - Senator Reid Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Ban on FGM
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced legislation that would criminalize the transportation of young girls out of the United States to receive female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures....

10/21/2011 - UNFPA Holds Conference on FGM
This week the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) held the first ever international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM), which discussed research, healthcare services, and preventive measures....

10/18/2011 - Women in Senegal Promote End to Female Genital Mutilation
The movement to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is spreading across Senegal, with as many as 5,000 villages joining the collective effort to eliminate the procedure....

2/9/2011 - UNFPA and UNICEF Report Decrease in FGM/C
A joint program between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that over 6,000 communities in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea and Somalia have abandoned the practice of female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C)....

12/14/2009 - Uganda Bars Female Genital Mutilation
The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill late last week that bans female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country....

8/27/2009 - Reconsideration of Asylum Petition Granted in FGM Case
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week in favor of a family seeking asylum in the US on the grounds that their daughter may face female genital mutilation (FGM) if they return to their home country of Indonesia....

7/7/2009 - Uganda to Ban Female Genital Mutilation
A law will be passed banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in Uganda, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced Friday....

4/17/2009 - Leaders in Sierra Leone Sign Female Genital Mutilation Agreement
An agreement stating that girls under 18 will not undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sierra Leone was recently signed by village chiefs and other community leaders, including women who perform FGM....

2/12/2009 - Women Journalists Attacked after Reporting on Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone
Four female journalists were brutally attacked last week by a pro-female genital mutilation (FGM) group in Kenema, Sierra Leone....

2/2/2009 - Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Many African Countries
Female genital mutilation (FGM), partial or total removal of external genitalia, continues to be practiced illegally throughout Africa....

2/22/2008 - UN Launches Program to Decrease the Practice of FGM
The United Nations launched a program earlier this month to combat the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM)....

8/13/2007 - Sierra Leone Presidential Candidates Shy Away From FGM Debate
Only one of the seven presidential candidates in Sierra Leone has denounced the widespread practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM), which can lead to serious health and pregnancy problems for women....

6/29/2007 - Egypt Moves to Ban Female Genital Mutilation
Egypt's health ministry announced yesterday that it would close a legal loophole allowing female genital mutilation (FGM), days after a 12-year-old girl died from the procedure....

4/9/2007 - Eritrea Bans Female Genital Cutting
The Eritrean government has announced that all practices of female genital mutilation are banned....

11/2/2006 - Man Found Guilty in First US FGM Trial
A man was convicted of aggravated battery and cruelty to children on Wednesday for performing female genital mutilation on his young daughter in 2001....

10/30/2006 - Man Faces First US Criminal Case Involving FGM
A man is being charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children after allegedly removing his daughter's clitoris when she was two years old in the first criminal case in the US involving female genital mutilation (FGM)....

10/20/2006 - Woman at Risk of FGM in Sierra Leone is Granted Asylum in UK
The United Kingdom has granted asylum to Zainab Fornah, 19, who fears she would be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) if she returns to Sierra Leone, her home country....

8/8/2006 - Women Abandon FGM in Sierra Leone
Fifteen top practitioners of FGM (female genital mutilation) in Sierra Leone last weekend publicly announced their decision to abandon their positions as female circumcisers....

12/13/2005 - Women's Rights Treaty Enacted by Fifteen African Nations
Fifteen African countries have ratified the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, affirming that reproductive rights are human rights....

11/29/2005 - UNICEF Releases Report on Female Genital Mutilation
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a new report that provides current information on female genital mutilation (FGM) and suggests solutions for putting an end to the violent practice....