Laws Not Enough To End Female Genital Mutiliation
New York Times: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation
Mona Eltahawy, author
“…Many international treaties designate female genital mutilation a violation of the human rights of girls and women. On Oct. 30, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a global campaign to end it within a generation. … Laws are not enough. … We need nothing short of a recognition that ending female genital mutilation is part of the ‘social justice and human dignity’ revolution that we began in Egypt in January 2011. We can better protect our girls when we recognize that those chants of our revolution are essentially demands for autonomy and consent — for all” (11/16).