FGM/C: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

The many axes on which gender intersects and frames issues, conflicts and their resolution. Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), a human rights violation against women and young girls has gone on for centuries, perpetuated by patriarchy, denial of rights, the need to control women’s bodies and desire. My reportage on FGM/C in India and across the world

6 February 2014. International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation
The fight against FGM. Photo UNICEF / Olivier Asselin is licensed under CC by 2.0
  • What happens when a religious leader supports Female Genital Mutilation?In my second piece for Women Media Centre’s Women Under Siege Reporting project I unearth the aftermath of pressure and intimidation women face after a top clergy comes out in open support of FGM/C. 
  • Culture and Rights: The struggle from within to end FGM: The global conversation around FGM/C, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting shows how medicalization has helped blunt the brutality of the act even as it keeps it alive. The piece published by Wilson Center’s New Security Beat.
  • An amorous lump of flesh: Female Genital Mutilation in an unlikely country, in India where a small community continues to practice FGM. Published by Women Under Siege