Can You Deny My Lived Experience of FGM?

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World leaders have pledged to end the practice of female genital mutilation by 2030. 

But, according to the United Nations, over four million girls are still subjected to FGM every year.  And many more are going uncounted. 

A new global report looks at 60 countries where FGM is practiced and may be widespread.  But it happens in secret.  It is not against the law, and governments do not even collect official data about it.  Instead they pretend it does not exist. 

In February 2019, a group of Bohra Muslim women urged political parties to take steps to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) prevalent in their community and make the issue part of their poll manifestos. (Outlook India)

India, for instance, has no FGM because the Indian government declares it so. Yet curiously enough, I vividly remember when I was seven, I was led by my grandmother…

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