Female Genital Mutilation

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:...

UNFPA develops FGM e-learning module

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed an e-learning module aimed at improving the understanding of female genital mutilation (FGM) in midwives. It explains that through participating in this, midwives throughout the world - especially in countries where prevalence of this ritual...

The challenges of tackling FGM during ‘cutting season’

Every two years, the Serengeti District in Tanzania is home to a six-week “cutting season”, where hundreds of young girls are subject to female genital mutilation (FGM). While the practice is illegal in the country, it remains difficult to tackle, explains John Henjewele, acting...

Pakistan 'needs more fistula centres'

Experts are calling on the Pakistani government to set up more obstetric fistula centres in the country. There are only nine such centres throughout Pakistan and while they offer free treatment to sufferers, there is an urgent need to develop more hubs. Speaking at a press conference, Dr Shershah...

UK MP hosts conference on FGM

An MP from the UK has recently held a conference with professionals from North London to examine how people in the community can work together to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Lynne Featherstone, international development minister for the government and an active anti-FGM campaigner, spoke...

New treatment can help FGM survivors

There has been a notable development in the treatment of damaged clitorises, which could go a long way in transforming the lives of girls and women who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM). It happened in Sweden, at the Karolinska Hospital Reconstructive Surgery. Here, Hannes...

Graca Machal praises rejection of FGM in Tanzania

The former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa has commended the rejection of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania. Visiting the region on Friday (January 23rd), Ms Machel praised almost 800 girls who refused to undergo the practice in the Tarime and Serengeti districts in December...

FGM survivor talks about her experience

A Tanzanian victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been speaking about her experience of the illegal practice in Woking, Surrey, UK. Rhobi Samwelly explained that her parents had encouraged her to undergo the procedure when she was a young girl. She said she was in two minds about it...

Calls grow for national awareness of sexual health in Ghana

Public awareness of sexual health and issues needs to be encouraged among young people across Ghana in order to reduce any associated risks. That is the verdict of reproductive health activist and executive director of the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights, Vicky T. Okine. Ms Okine made the...

Unicef data highlights FGM prevalence

Data published by Unicef this week (July 22nd) indicated the extent of female genital mutilation (FGM) around the world. The report showed that in the top 29 nations where FGM is most common, over 130 million women and girls have been subjected to the practice in some form. Although girls are close...