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U.S. girls, women at risk of FGM

More than half a million women and girls in the United States live at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a threefold increase in recent years due to the rise in immigrants from countries where it is practiced, a government study said on Thursday.

U.S. girls, women at risk of FGM


The number of U.S. women and girls who have undergone the actual procedures is unknown, however, due to a lack of reliable data, said the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said the estimated 513,000 women and girls at risk were born or have a parent born in a nation where female cutting is a tradition.  The ancient ritual, often shrouded in secrecy and widely condemned as a serious violation of women’s rights, causes many health problems which can be fatal.

The study said women and girls with family rooted in Egypt, Ethiopia and Somalia were most commonly found at risk in the United States.

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The “Honoring our Heartbeats” tour to end forced marriages in the U.S. stopped in Houston on Thursday with a community forum and performance to highlight the issue. 

In partnership with Houston NGO’s Daya and Voices Breaking Boundaries, the Tahirih Justice Center and Pomegranate Tree Group brought to life on stage a comic book about breaking free from a cycle of violence. 

“We look at it as a love letter to our communities. This comic book (and performance) is an opportunity for the community to heal together,” said Farrah Khan with Pomegranate Tree Group. 


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