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Congress Must Support Efforts To Prevent FGM, Support Survivors

Roll Call: The Underground Epidemic: U.S. Female Genital Mutilation Kristy Kumar, a Scoville fellow with the Center for National Policy and the Truman National Security Project “…In a letter to Attorney General Holder, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Sebelius, Secretary Duncan, Administrator Shah and Director Burwell, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) urges the…

Egypt’s Men Must Stand With Women Against Gender-Based Violence

New York Times: Egypt Has a Sexual Violence Problem Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer and author “…Mohamed Ibrahim, [Egypt's] interior minister, said this week that he would create a new department to combat violence, including sexual assault and harassment, against women. But throwing men in jail must not be considered a…

Researcher Examines Whether Water Access Linked To FGM Prevalence In Africa

Inter Press Service: Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa “Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released…

Gender-Based Violence Is ‘Global Problem Demanding Global Solutions’

Al Jazeera America: Global justice for rape survivors demands extraordinary efforts Jill Filipovic, lawyer, blogger at Feministe, and columnist at The Guardian “…Even nations with entrenched and functional criminal justice systems regularly drop the ball when it comes to violence against women. To be sure, if we are to get…

South America Begins To Ease Strict Abortion Laws, Increase Access

The Lancet: Tide begins to turn on abortion access in South America “Several South American countries are finding ways to ease long-standing restrictive abortion laws, with Chile the latest to indicate a possible change. … An opposite trend has been building in Central America, however, where El Salvador and Nicaragua…

Thousands Of Women In Pakistan Suffer From Obstetric Fistula, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Obstetric Fistula Haunts Pakistani Women “…While virtually unheard of in the developed world, obstetric fistula is still common in many Asian and African countries: the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it affects nearly three million women annually. While country-specific data is harder to find, local experts…

Cameroon, WHO Launch Campaign To End FGM

VOA News: Cameroon, WHO Push for End to Female Circumcision “Cameroon and the World Health Organization (WHO) have a launched a campaign against female circumcision. The practice, which critics call female genital mutilation (FGM), is still practiced in the Central African nation for commercial reasons and traditional belief that it…