House increases penalty for female genital mutilation

Washington — The U.S. House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bipartisan bill sponsored by Michigan Rep. Dave Trott that would increase the maximum federal penalty for female genital mutilation from five years in prison to 15 years. The vote was 409-0. Trott, R-Birmingham, said he was moved to introduce the legislation…

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How to fight female genital mutilation with economics

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) Seleiman Bishagazi never enjoyed the benefits of a university education, but he’s smarter on a basic human rights issue than nearly anyone I’ve met in the world. This activist showed me what ground-level investigation, hard-core determination and a lot of community conversation taught him about the…

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Senate passes Rep. Peter Lucido’s bill to protect children from mutilation

LANSING, Mich. – State senators unanimously approved Rep. Peter Lucido‘s legislation allowing the termination of parental rights for anyone who forces their child to undergo female genital mutilation. According to Lucido’s office, the legislation was inspired by a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a Livonia clinic.…

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Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Dr. Nassar, Charlie Rose: All sexual predators

While America’s sexual predators find themselves exposed to the light of day, our country faces deeper, graver consequences as to the treatment of women in America. All of America knew Bill Clinton as a sexual predator.  Most of Hollywood knew Harvey Weinstein preyed on aspiring actresses.  No one knew about…

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In our opinion: Religious freedom empowers women

The world needs to secure women’s rights as well as religious liberty. What’s often overlooked is the ways in which the two fundamental freedoms act in tandem to bring about an elevated quality of life. The general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day…

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Doctor in genital cutting case freed on a $4.5M bond

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, the lead defendant in an historic genital cutting trial, was freed Tuesday on a $4.5 million bond, secured by generous friends. After seven months in jail, a doctor charged with cutting the genitals of numerous minor girls as part of a religious tradition was freed Tuesday after16 ofher friends offered…

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FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION HAPPENING TO AN ALARMING NUMBER OF U.S. GIRLS

Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone. Those African nations are notoriously associated with the gruesome ritual of female genital mutilation—but it also occurs in the U.S. where an alarming number of women and girls are subjected to such torture that Immigration and Customs Enforcement pledged to stop it, according to an announcement Monday. It’s estimated more than…

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ICE fights to protect girls and women from mutilation and abuse

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, or cutting (FGM/C). FGM/C refers to cutting and other procedures that injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM/C exists as a cultural practice that is carried out with disturbing regularity. The average age of victims ranges…

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