Female Genital Mutilation and Islamic Social Norms

On January 30th of this year, a 12-year-old girl in Egypt died as a result of her parents having Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) performed on her. Egypt has had a law outlawing the practice since 2008. The parents have been charged.  This law was written to protect females because Islamic social norms permit and encourage this practice. According to Ian Askew, World Health Organization Director for the Department of Reproductive Health and Research: FGM describes all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.  It has no health benefits. More than 200 million girls and women alive today are living with FGM and many are at risk of suffering the associated negative health consequences as a result. These include death, severe bleeding and problems urinating.  Longer-term consequences range from cysts and infections to complications in...(Read Full Article)
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