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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a threat to millions of women and girls globally. Equality Now has worked to end FGM through the law since 1992. Here are eight things you might not know about this human rights violation:Read more
Information on the United States of America for Adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting at the Human Rights Committee's 125th Session
4 Mar - 29 Mar 2019Read more
Information on India for Adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting at the Human Rights Committee's 126th Session
1 July - 26 July 2019Read more
Disappointment at the U.S. Department of Justice decision not to appeal ruling in the first federal genital mutilation case
It leaves thousands of girls at risk of FGM.Read more
Massachusetts must pass anti-FGM law
FGM is recognized by the federal government as violence and a form of child abuse and internationally as a human rights violation, constituting torture and an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. FGM has no health benefits, it only causes harm, and more than half of U.S. states already have laws against it. In order to protect women and girls, every state needs to ban FGM. Massachusetts could be the next state to do so!
In January, Bill S834/H3332 was introduced in Massachusetts and was subsequently referred to the Joint Judiciary Committee. If passed, this bill would criminalize FGM in Massachusetts, provide for community education on the subject, and allow those who had been victims of FGM seek a civil remedy.
Take action: Tell your Massachusetts State Legislator to vote in favor of S834/H3332 and protect girls in Massachusetts from FGM! If you don’t live in Massachusetts, you can take action here instead.
Do More: Equality Now serves on the inaugural steering committee member of the brand new U.S. End FGM/C Network, and the Network is accepting applications for membership. If you or your organization would like to learn more, you can find an application here.
Take Action to end FGM in your state
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a human rights violation and a form of discrimination against women and girls. The reasons underlying its practice are numerous and varied, and ultimately serve to control women and girls’ sexuality. FGM has no health benefits, it only causes harm.
You’ve probably heard about many cases of FGM in other countries, but you might be surprised to know that this harmful practice happens in the U.S. as well, across religious, cultural, and socioeconomic groups. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over half a million girls and women in the United States have experienced or are at risk of FGM. Despite the risk to women and girls, there are still several U.S. states that have not enacted laws criminalizing FGM.
When some states have laws criminalizing FGM and others don’t, it can result in girls being taken across state lines to have FGM performed in a state without an anti-FGM law. To ensure this can’t happen, we need to urge ALL states to have strong, well-enforced laws against FGM.
Take action: If you’re from a state that has a law against FGM, please tell your Governor you support the law, and urge its effective implementation, including a budget for education, training and prevention. If you’re from a state without a law, please tell your Governor to support anti-FGM legislation in your state, and pledge to sign it into law when passed. The action form to the right will automatically detect which category your state is in when you enter your information. If you are from Massachusetts, there is a bill pending right now - take action here!
Do More: Equality Now serves on the inaugural steering committee member of the U.S. End FGM/C Network, and the Network is accepting applications for membership. If you or your organization would like to learn more, you can find an application here.
Important: This archived action campaign has been completed or discontinued, and the information contained in it may not be current. Please see take action for current and ongoing campaigns.Read more
The participants of the event, ‘Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India’, jointly issue this Declaration. The event was also attended by representatives from United Nations agencies, who have provided their input and solidarity to this statement.Read more