Sex charge should stick in mutilation case, feds say

full article originally posted at: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/10/19/sex-charge-stick-genital-mutilation-case-feds-say/106793430/ Detroit – Dr. Jumana Nagarwala digitally penetrated and cut the genitalia of 7-year-old girls and should face a sex charge in the nation’s first female genital mutilation trial, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors made the argument four weeks after the Northville doctor and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar of…

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Women fleeing FGM find abuse in Libya

  Article was originally posted at: http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/10/59e75e0d4/women-fleeing-fgm-find-abuse-in-libya.html Aisha (not her real name) was seven years old when she underwent the procedure in her native Ivory Coast. Her eldest daughter was four when it happened to her. Last year Aisha fled with her youngest daughter to save her from being cut. But…

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FBI Launches New Fight to Uncover Secretive Female Genital Mutilation in US

Originally posted at:http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/october/fbi-launches-new-fight-to-uncover-secretive-female-genital-mutilation-in-us   Most Americans are unaware of a very old, barbaric tradition which continues to be practiced to this day inside their own country. For decades, the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) has continued in the US due to secretive trafficking. This torture has endured unsuspected,…

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Here are the world’s 10 most dangerous cities for women and what they have in common

Originally posted at: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/10/16/here-are-the-worlds-10-most-dangerous-cities-for-women-and-what-they-have-in-common/ According to a Thompson Reuters Foundation survey, a ranking of the worst mega-cities for women finds that not one of the top 10 is in the U.S. — and only two are in the Western hemisphere. What are the top 10 mega-cities in this poll? The top 10 cities, starting with the…

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Girls As Young As Infants Married by Parents

Full Article originally posted at: https://www.voanews.com/a/child-marriages-a-worldwide-issue/4065311.html Even before you finish reading this sentence, a girl-child will have gotten married in some part of the world illegally, new research reported Tuesday. Nearly 1 in every 4 seconds, or 20,000 girls younger than 18 are married each day illegally. Like the 12-year-old girl who…

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Lawmakers consider implications of female-mutilation ban

Home / All News / Lawmakers consider implications of female-mutilation ban Rep. Linda Slocum, DFL-Richfield, left, speaks during a joint House-Senate Legislative Task Force on Child Protection hearing Tuesday. Slocum questioned whether a bill aimed at thwarting the practice of female genital mutilation was “race-based.” (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly) Hennepin County Human Services Director…

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Courageous American Feminist: Phyllis Chesler

Anything men can do women can do as well, maybe better was the declaration of the British writer Mary Wollstonecraft, whose “Vindication of the Rights of Women” was published in 1792.  She denied the prevailing attitude that women are naturally inferior to men and insisted that women and men should be equally…

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Female genital mutilation trial moved to June 2018

Jumana Nagarwala  The trial date for the landmark genital mutilation case involving a former Henry Ford Health System doctor and seven other defendants has again been moved forward – this time for eight months, to allow attorneys and prosecutors more opportunity to prepare. The jury trial for Jumana Nagarwala and…

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Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali women in Norway. The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health…

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Alfred Stepan – Democracy and Islam

 Stepan’s deep respect for Muslims was an extension of his general respect to all human beings, a reflection of his independent and curious mind, and big and compassionate heart. In memoriam. Alfred and Ahmet, Tunisia 2013. Author’s photograph.Alfred Stepan, a world-renowned political scientist, passed away on September 27 at the age…

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