U.S. Announces Massive Study on Female Genital Mutilation (Cosmopolitan)

July 23, 2014 - 11:15

7/23/2014 -- Cosmopolitan -- "U.S. Announces Massive Study on Female Genital Mutilation"

Putting together the working group is a preliminary step in what will inevitably be a long-term investigation. The first actions will be to define which percentage of the U.S. population is from countries with a high prevalence of FGM, says Shelby Quast, senior policy advisor for Equality Now. From there, it will be easier to identify how many women and girls may have been subjected to FGM, and how many more may be at risk.

"This is an excellent first step of many," says Quast, who has been at Dukureh's side in the political efforts to raise awareness of FGM since her Change.org petition gained traction. "FGM is a unique issue in that it links both national and foreign policy and involves actors from all departments and agencies. We need to identify and train frontline professionals that engage with the community, survivors, and girls at risk. I think this move by the administration proves that it sees girls as important and that it will take steps to prioritize them." [read more...]