The US Department of Health and Human Services will undertake a major study on female genital mutilation (FGM), confirmed Cathy Russell, the US ambassador for global women’s issues. This was the result of an effort spearheaded by FGM activist Jaha Dukureh.

The US Department of Health and Human Services will undertake a major study on female genital mutilation (FGM), confirmed Cathy Russell, the US ambassador for global women’s issues. This was the result of an effort spearheaded by FGM activist Jaha Dukureh. Read more here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/22/white-house-us-female-genital-mutilation

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Summertime in the US means “vacation cutting” season is upon us. Immigrants who come to the US from countries that practice female genital mutilation (FGM) sometimes send their daughters back to their countries of origin to have them undergo the procedure.

Summertime in the US means “vacation cutting” season is upon us. Immigrants who come to the US from countries that practice female genital mutilation (FGM) sometimes send their daughters back to their countries of origin to have them undergo the procedure. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/us/a-fight-as-us-girls-face-genital-cutting-abroad.html?hp&_r=0

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In the Wall Street Journal, founder of the AHA Foundation Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls on universities to break with orthodoxy and embrace critical thinking to improve the state of women’s rights.

In the Wall Street Journal, founder of the AHA Foundation Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls on universities to break with orthodoxy and embrace critical thinking to improve the state of women’s rights.

Read Ayaan’s piece here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304512504579493410287663906

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In her own words, Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to the public statement of Brandeis University.

In her own words, Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to the public statement of Brandeis University. Read her response here: http://wwsg.com/response-by-ayaan-hirsi-ali-to-the-statement-from-brandeis-university

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The Washington Post reports on British lawmakers’ efforts to combat female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Washington Post reports on British lawmakers’ efforts to combat female genital mutilation (FGM). Read more here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/immigration-forcing-british-lawmakers-to-confront-female-genital-mutilation/2014/04/01/24cf25e1-8001-4c80-b277-5f5c6f10cdfa_story.html

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An extensive awareness campaign on female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women will be rolled out in the borough of Brent (UK), the result of a landmark report looking into the issues which was spearheaded by Councillor Ann John.

An extensive awareness campaign on female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women will be rolled out in the borough of Brent (UK), the result of a landmark report looking into the issues which was spearheaded by Councillor Ann John. Read more here: http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/awareness_campaign_on_female_genital_mutilation_to_be_rolled_out_in_brent_1_3517295

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The city council of Slough (UK) has vowed to combat female genital mutilation after the town was named as one of four areas by the NHS as ‘high-risk’ for the illegal practice.

The city council of Slough (UK) has vowed to combat female genital mutilation after the town was named as one of four areas by the NHS as ‘high-risk’ for the illegal practice.

Read more here: http://www.localberkshire.co.uk/news/slough/articles/2014/04/01/98996-we-must-wipe-out-barbaric-practice–council-vows-to-stop-female-gential-mutilation/

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Nearly 4,000 women and girls have been treated for female genital mutilation (FGM) in London’s hospitals since 2009, according to new figures, the BBC reports.

Nearly 4,000 women and girls have been treated for female genital mutilation (FGM) in London’s hospitals since 2009, according to new figures, the BBC reports. London’s Mayor has condemned the practice as “absolutely intolerable.”

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In the United Kingdom, the first prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

In the United Kingdom, the first prosecutions over female genital mutilation have been announced by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The UK has in the past been compared unfavourably to other countries over the issue, such as France where there have been more than 100 successful prosecutions.

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Human rights activists are deeply concerned about a draft law being considered in Iraq that would permit men to marry girls as young as nine.

Human rights activists are deeply concerned about a draft law being considered in Iraq that would permit men to marry girls as young as nine.

Read more here: http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Iraq-law-would-allow-9-year-old-girls-to-marry-5319224.php

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