Political changes in Egypt negatively affect the fight against FGM

30 Oct

As much as the end of the Mubarak regime was welcomed in Egypt and all over the world, the political uproar has resulted in a shift of attention away from issues such as female genital mutilation. FGM is still widely spread in Egypt, but had been steadily decreasing in recent years.

FGM had been outlawd in Egypt in 2007, after a 12-year-old girl died as a result of the procedure. Mubarak’s wife Suzanne Mubarak was one of the forces driving forward the fight against FGM. Even more importantly, political instability in post-Mubarak Egypt has resulted in grave cuts in the budgets of many anti-FGM campaigns.

“The revolution in Egypt, as in many other Northern African states that we are witnessing at the moment are a great chance to improve the situation of the women living in these countries. We should use this unprecedented opportunity to speak up on women’s rights in general and FGM in particular, especially since it remains such a big issue in Egypt!”, Waris Dirie says.

Please read the entire article on this development in The New Republic


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