Female Genital Mutilation remains a scourge too often ignored in the #MeToo climate.
Although the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have received significant media attention, one horrifying violation of the rights of girls often goes comparatively unnoticed. Today, it is estimated that an astonishing 200 million girls have been forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) around the world.
The practice of FGM dates as far back as ancient Egypt and has been practiced in civilizations around the world to varying degrees. FGM today is strongly associated with religious and tribal communities. Shockingly, as in the case of foot binding in ancient China, the practice is generally carried out by women in these communities.