International Women Rise to Action Against Female Genital Mutilation

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by World Women:

As the two week long international conference of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women comes to a close on Friday, March 9, 2012, women are charged to fight all forms of violence against women.  During the conference, there were several sessions on female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female circumcision, including an “End FGM” concert and a call for support of the UN Global Ban against the practice.  “Our goal is to create a solid global network of volunteers, advocates and essential resources that present a united front against female genital mutilation,” said Ali Hoban, a conference participant and Advocacy Manager at CAGeM.  Many of the conference participants have been genitally mutilated, most of them when they were between 2 and 6 years old.  Despite the fact that there are 16 African countries banning the practice of female genital mutilation, it still continues.  Over the last few years however, there have been reports of prosecutions or arrests in cases involving FGM in various African countries, including Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Sierra Leone.  In the United States an Ethiopian Immigrant was sentenced to 10 years in prison for circumcising his 2 year old daughter in the bathtub.

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