Female Genital Mutilation

African anti-FGM laws are not working, say officials

A conference in Nairobi has led to an admission from legal experts that laws in east Africa designed to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are not working.

FGM remains a serious global issue

A statement from the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has made it clear that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a problem that still needs urgent action if it is to be tackled.

Mohamud will 'completely eradicate' FGM in Somalia

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has stressed that his government is committed to upholding the sexual and reproductive rights of women - and that it intends to see female genital mutilation (FGM) "completely eradicated" in Somalia...

FGM 'symbolises the brutal oppression of women'

A UK minister for international development has described female genital mutilation (FGM) as "totemic", symbolising "the brutal oppression of women"...

Berlin launches Europe's first FGM clinic

Europe's first clinic dedicated solely to treating women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in Zehlendorf, Berlin last week...

UNFPA reports 6 million FGM abandonments in 2012

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Unicef have published the latest annual report on the achievements of the Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)/Cutting, suggesting that over six million people have embraced efforts to eliminate t

Australian government pledges to tackle FGM

The Australian government has promised to do more to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country.

UN committee calls for FGM ban

A United Nations (UN) committee has called for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM).

African support 'adds weight to UN FGM resolution'

Support from several African countries for a United Nations resolution banning female genital mutilation (FGM) across the world has been welcomed by a campaigner.

Religion not tradition 'behind FGM in Mali'

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is being carried out in Mali because of religion, rather than tradition. This is the view of singer Bafing Kul, an outspoken critic of the practice who hails from the country.