MOGADISHU, Somalia (RNS) — With sermons and through local media, Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan has made it his mission to convince parents and girls in his country that FGM is a cultural practice, not a religious one.
(RNS) — Layli Miller-Muro was spurred by her third-generation Baha'i faith to become an advocate for immigrant women fleeing gender-based violence.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Muslim scholars emphasized that FGM is a cultural — not a religious — practice, and one that goes against Islamic teaching.
CHICAGO/ANN ARBOR, Mich (RNS) — We agree that FGM should disappear immediately. We only ask that all sides of this complex and difficult issue be heard.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls from a Muslim sect will remain in jail while she awaits trial after a judge on Wednesday expressed concern that she might try to flee the country.
ISINYA, Kenya (RNS) On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the U.N.-sponsored awareness day, a Presbyterian pastor visited a rescue center for girls escaping the tribal procedure.
ST.-DENIS, France (RNS) A mother, cut as a child, seeks help to make sure her own daughter doesn't suffer the same fate.
PARIS (RNS) The midwife and mother of two is challenging conservative Muslim conventions, not to mention stereotypes about Islam.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Doctors, nurses and other health practitioners are secretly performing the procedures at the request of families.
(RNS) Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. But the practice remains poorly understood, both by supporters who assert it is mandated by Islam, and opponents who, according to some activists, do more to sustain the practice than end it. By Omar Sacirbey.