An anonymous tip to federal authorities, cell phone records, and surveillance video have put two doctors behind bars for carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls as young as seven in Michigan. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar are currently awaiting a detention hearing next week. Attar’s wife was also arrested at she and her husband’s suburban Livonia, Michigan clinic on Friday. The girls … Continue reading Two Doctors Arrested in Michigan for Performing Female Genital Mutilation
The morning I spoke to Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese she had just come off of a late shift delivering babies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Two of the expectant mothers in her care during the night were African. One expectant mother hemorrhaged directly after delivery and the other who had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) needed it to be wholly reversed before she could deliver her baby. Dr. Chamberlain Froese was able to successfully reverse the FGM and saved both mothers’ and babies’ lives during delivery.
Just another day at the office.
Given each of the mothers’ obstetric complications if they still lived in Africa, the probability is they would not have survived their deliveries. In fact, 800 women around the world, particularly those who live in low- and middle-income countries, die every day during childbirth from largely preventable causes like postpartum hemorrhaging or obstructed labor. In Canada, both women survived and delivered healthy newborns. In Africa, that likely would not have been the case. After caring for these women, the lingering question arose again for Chamberlain Froese: Why is it that women who deliver in the West are more valuable than other mothers? Continue reading “Maternal Health Heroes: Interview With Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese #MHHSS”
Friday, February 6 was International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation. Individuals, corporations, NGOs, the media, and foundations rallied together to raise awareness about FGM. Over 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM and it is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
Press Conference on Engaging Health Workers to End Female Genital Mutilation at the United Nations
Effective video making is a powerful form of storytelling. Videos, when done well, get to the heart of the matter quickly and leave people wanting to know more, do more, and donate more. These videos encompass all of those things and also made us want to delve more into not only their messages, but also spread the word. Here are our top 10 NGO video … Continue reading Our Top 10 Recommended NGO Videos of 2014
Today marks the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It is vitally important that we raise our collective voices today and frequently throughout the year to help stop the violence against young girls who are literally mutilated in the name of culture and custom when they have to endure a lifetime of pain and agony. I just finished the riveting book The … Continue reading 10 Facts About Female Genital Mutilation You May Not Have Known #EndFGM
The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir by Soraya Mire My rating: 4 of 5 stars Female genital mutilation or FGM for short is one of the most horrific crimes against girls and women in the world. According to the World Health Organization over 100 million women and girls live with the adverse effects of FGM, a traditional practice where a girl’s external genitalia are … Continue reading Book Review: Somalian Memoirist Writes About FGM in Raw Detail
Today marks the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Each year February 6th is spent by leading NGOs and international aids organizations spreading awareness about the devastating cutting practice that puts three million girls in both east and west Africa as well as Arab countries at risk of undergoing FGM. An estimated 101 million girls have undergone FGM in Africa and … Continue reading Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation
Since 1991 from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women through December 10, International Human Rights Day the world recognizes 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Gender violence damages the spirit of women and girls, their families, and communities and seeks to control them through gender-based discrimination. Current reports out of Syria (Rape is shredding Syria’s social fabric) and the Democratic Republic of Congo … Continue reading Women Spur on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
Somalia has a new government and with it a new provision in its constitution in Title 2: Article 15: Liberty and Security of the Person that bans female genital mutilation (FGM). The new law states: Circumcision of girls is a cruel and degrading customary practice, and is tantamount to torture. The circumcision of girls is prohibited. According to several reports between 90% to 95% of all … Continue reading Female Genital Mutilation Banned Under New Somalian Constitution