Female Genital Mutilation

International Women's Day to raise awareness of FGM

International Women's Day (IWD) is taking place around the world today (Tuesday March 8th), with one of the aims of the global event being to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM). The debilitating procedure is still taking place on a widespread basis around the world, placing...

Ban Ki-moon calls for end to FGM

The United Nations' secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on men across the globe to help bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM). Speaking to the UK's Guardian newspaper, Mr Ban stated: "Now is the time for men all over the world to take up the fight to end FGM with real...

Liberian government accused of ignoring FGM

The Liberian government has come under fire over allegations it has neglected efforts to ensure the safety of young girls across the country. According to All Africa, the teenage-based group Girls Alliance for Future Leadership, claims the Sirleaf administration has ignored various problems...

Ethiopia 'to eliminate FGM by 2025'

Religious leaders in Ethiopia have committed to ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across the country by 2025. The move comes amid a similar pledge related to the early marriage of young women and girls. Both announcements were made at a national forum, which was used to air a...

FGM ‘will never die’ in Sierra Leone, minister says

A top cabinet minister in Sierra Leone has said that the country will never ban female genital mutilation (FGM) because it is part of the nation’s culture. AllAfrica reports that Moijua Kaikai, social welfare and gender minister, told a women’s conference that rumours of the nation...

Tanzanian universities to teach courses in treating FGM

Universities in Tanzania have announced plans to offer courses on treating female genital mutilation (FGM). The course aims to give doctors and social psychologists the skills and knowledge of how to fight the barbaric practice, according to a report on dw.com. Universities that will teach the...

Gambian FGM ban could drive practice underground, activists warn

When Gambian president Yahya Jammeh announced a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) at the end of November it was hailed as a substantial victory for activists, but now a number of experts have warned the measures could backfire by sending the traditional practice underground. Julia Lalla-...

Nigeria records spike in FGM

The rate of female genital mutilation across Nigeria has increased to 25 per cent, its highest level in ten years. Figures from the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) show that the most prominent rises in FGM cases were in the south west and south east of the country. Separate findings from...

Gambian authorities ban FGM

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has confirmed the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is to be outlawed. Mr Jammeh said the measures will be introduced immediately, although it remains unclear how the government will enforce the legislation. Over 130 million women around the world are...

UN calls for end to FGM in Gambia

The United Nations System in Gambia has called on a lawful ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage across the country. The call was made by UN resident coordinator Ade Momonyane Lekoetje at a local hotel in Kololi as part of celebrations to mark UN Day 2015. The event, Building...