Jaha Dukureh became a revolutionary when she was forced into marriage at 15—and learned that she had undergone the most severe form of female genital mutilation when she was only a week old. Ms. talked to the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee about her pioneering work, her motivation and what’s next.
Complex issues necessitate complex solutions. Women and girls who are facing FGM/C deserve more than lip service from the U.S. government; they deserve our full support.
The voices unleashed so powerfully by the #MeToo movement have begun to illuminate the full scope of the violence and discrimination woven into the fabric of women’s lives. The elimination of FGM/C should play prominently in this dialogue.
Nigeria has joined 23 African countries in banning female genital mutilation.
How do we determine where to draw the lines of acceptable and unacceptable bodily interventions? Especially troubling is the eerily uncomfortable overlap of female genital construction surgery and what we define as female genital mutilation.
We should shift focus and support the women who are speaking up on specific issues instead of tearing down the ones who aren’t.
There is still no global consensus around what some have called a global pandemic. Why is that?
“I wish I had been born in my grandmother’s time.” Those words continue to haunt me weeks after my visit to Egypt, where I participated in a U.S. State Department-sponsored professional exchange program for civil society groups working on women’s rights. These 10 words were spoken to me by Mona, a 22-year-old woman living in […]
This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Kakenya Ntaiya has ambition to spare. She told me once, while we hiked together in Northern California, […]
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the now-classic gender-equality document, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action [pdf], and of the current meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women has released a summary review [pdf] of the status of women since Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. […]