Egypt Struggles to End Female Genital Mutilation

March 8, 2018

(Reuters) – Genital cutting of girls was banned in Egypt in 2008 and criminalized in 2016. But the practise often referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM) or circumcision remains a rite of passage and is often viewed as a way to promote chastity. Villagers say husbands prefer wives to be cut and often ask young brides to undergo the procedure before their wedding.

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