FGM has been performed globally on over 200-million girls and women. It is one of the world’s biggest human rights abuses and also one of the most ignored. Millions of girls are at risk of being cut today. Human rights lawyer Reda Eldanbouki is leading the battle against FGM in Egypt. Reda founded the Women’s center for Guidance and Legal Awareness. This is the story of one man who is trying to change the world as he leads a battle for women’s rights.
FGM is a barbaric practice, based on false cultural beliefs. It is also used as a societal way of controlling women and their sexuality. It should not be condoned in the West or excused in the media as a religious or cultural practice.
FGM includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Short-term complications can include hemorrhaging, pain, shock, and even death, while long-term complications include formation of cysts, problems with sexual intercourse and giving birth, chronic pelvic infection and sterility.
The trauma of FGM often lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems.
FGM reduces or eliminates sexual pleasure for the victim.
Even though FGM has been illegal in the United States since 1996, the FBI, which recently joined the battle to stop the procedure in the U.S., says more than 500,000 women and girls across the country are at risk of undergoing the barbaric procedure.
The number of girls and women at risk in the U.S. has tripled since 1990.