Soher Ebrahim, Egyptian Girl, 13, Dies After Illegal Female Genital Mutilation FGM

Published on The Huffington Post UK, by Sara C Nelson, June 10, 2013.

A teenage girl has died after undergoing an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure in a private clinic north east of Cairo. The 13-year-old, identified as Soher Ebrahim, died on Thursday evening in a village in the Daqahliya governorate, Gulf News reports. It adds her family have filed an official complaint, accusing the doctor who performed the operation of causing her death … //

… The procedure of FGM was criminalised by the Egyptian parliament in June 2008, with those found guilty liable for fines and prison sentences of up to two years.

According to Egypt Independent, recent evidence suggests that younger generations are challenging the practice.

It quotes a 2008 Demographic and Health Survey of Egypt, which recorded that 91.1 percent of women aged 15-49 years underwent FGM, but only around 74 percent of girls aged 15-17 years, a percentage that is expected to drop to 45 percent over the next 10 years.

Compared to results from the 1995 survey, which recorded 96 percent of women aged 15-30 years having experienced FGM, “this is positive – if patient – progress”.

The World Health Organisation defines FGM as including procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The procedure has no health benefits and can cause severe bleeding and difficulty urinating. Subsequent cysts, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth can lead to an increased risk of newborn deaths.

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
(full text and 12 photos of the International Women’s Day 2013).

related Links:

The new suffragettes: The Kurdish woman fighting against female genital mutilation, on The Independent, by Loveday Morris, June 1, 2013: In the final part of our series honouring the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death, Loveday Morris talks to a Kurdish poet who dares to assert her countrywomen’s rights against forced marriage, domestic violence and female genital mutilation …;

Fighting against Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq: It is a misguided belief that Islam requires young women be circumcised, on The Independent, by Awezan Muri, May 31, 2013.

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