Female Genital Mutilation

Australia launches new FGM hotline

A new hotline aimed at confronting female genital mutilation (FGM) has been launched in Australia. The new service will be launched with a view to helping girls deemed in danger of the practice and will run alongside the visit of FGM survivor and activist, Nimco Ali. Ali, a British-Somalian, is...

Kenyan MCA calls for greater controls on FGM

The Kenyan government has been urged to change its focus in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) by the nominated MCA of the country's Nakuru region Janet Waithera. Despite efforts directed towards fighting the vice, experts claim little progress has been made, with the practice...

Doctors issued fresh FGM guidelines

Doctors across the UK have been given fresh guidelines for caring for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). Published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the guidelines state that doctors need greater awareness of the health complications associated with FGM and a better...

True extent of FGM in Iran

Many areas across Iran have seen a sharp rise in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM), a new study has suggested. Research published on June 25th by Kurdish social anthropologist Kameel Ahmady found that FGM had occurred in at least four provinces across the country. It added that as many as...

David Cameron to step up efforts against FGM

UK prime minster David Cameron has unveiled new measures aimed at preventing young girls being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The new laws are to be fast-tracked within the next week, amid fears the summer months could see a surge in cases. Once introduced, the measures...

Malawi: We’ll prioritise fight against fistula

Malawi will put the campaign to end obstetric fistula in the country at the top of its agenda, its minister of health has said. Dr Jean Kalilani stated that by prioritising the eradication of this medical condition, dignity would be restored to Malawi’s women. The online news provider the...

92% of married Egyptian women suffer FGM, claim experts

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected 92 per cent of married women across Egypt, according to the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS). The country's minister of health Adel Adawy revealed the findings of the research during a press conference on Sunday, adding that 50 per...

Nigeria criminalises FGM

The Nigerian Senate has finally succeeded in passing a law that will prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill was brought to the floor by the leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and will aim to combat domestic and public violence...

Kenyans ‘taking’ children to Tanzania for FGM

Children from Kenya are being taken to Tanzania by their parents to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). The online news provider All Africa reported that parents who believe in this cultural practice are doing this to bypass anti-FGM laws in Kenya. Christine Nanjala, head of the anti-FGM...

UN aims to end FGM by 2030

The United Nations has devised new development goals, which include bringing to an end female genital mutilation (FGM) over the next 15 years. Writing for the online news provider Open Democracy, Nafissatou J. Diop, senior advisor and coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/Cutting:...