Communities Renounce FGM; Surgery Offers Hope To Some Victims

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), news outlets report on efforts to stop the practice and help victims.

Agence France-Presse: Mali communities renounce female circumcision
“Community leaders gathered in Mali Thursday to mark an international day of campaigning against female genital mutilation, publicly renouncing a practice that is still legal in the deeply-conservative west African nation…” (2/6).

Agence France-Presse: U.K. hospitals required to report female genital mutilation
“British hospitals will be required for the first time to record patients who have been subjected to female genital mutilation, the government announced on Thursday. The Department of Health estimates that 66,000 women in England and Wales are living with the consequences of FGM, and a further 23,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk every year…” (2/6).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Surgery offers hope to Senegal FGM victims but questions remain
“Doctors in Senegal have been overwhelmed by demand for clitoral reconstructive surgery from victims of female genital mutilation after the U.N. agency for women launched a pilot scheme in the West African country, a surgeon said…” (Hussain, 2/6).