No Accountability: Saving Face But Doing Little For The 200 Million Women And Girls Living With Female Genital Mutilation

The Baltimore Zeitgeist

Alex Weisman, JHU:

According to a newly released UNICEF report, over 200 million women in 30 countries live with female genital mutilation (FGM). Of these 200 million, half live in just three countries: Egypt, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. The report shattered all previous estimates that projected the number to be around 130 million women and girls and placed the new estimate at an alarming 5.9% of the world’s female population. The World Health Organization defines Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Genital Cutting (FGC), as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”

FGM is not exclusive to just one ethnic, religious, or cultural group. Many politicians and media outlets present FGM as primarily a Muslim problem. However, this conception is false. Reza Aslan, in his famous interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, aptly…

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