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Women must undergo female genital mutilation to curb male 'sexual weakness', Egyptian MP says

An Egyptian MP has said women must undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) to help curb male "sexual weakness".<p>Elhamy Agina also claimed FGM would …

'Sold like cows and goats': India's slave brides | India

The first time Muklesha was sold, she was just 12 years old. Her buyer was a man in his 70s.<p>Marriage and a baby quickly followed. But, three years later, the man died and Muklesha was again put up for sale.<p>This time, her buyer was a horrific abuser.<p>"He didn't feed me. He'd take me to the fields and …

Turkey: Motion 'protecting child marriage' draws debate

A government proposal to quash the convictions of men convicted of child sex assaults if they marry their victim has sparked furious debate in Turkey, with critics accusing it of encouraging child rape and the ruling party insisting it will protect those who were too young to marry …

My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US

<i>This story is part of the "</i>Real Women, Real Stories<i>," series called</i> <i>a social project designed to promote awareness of the often unseen hardships women</i> …

Inside the Lives of Georgia’s Child Brides

With girls marrying as young as 12, Georgia has one of the highest rates of child marriage in Europe.<p>No one really knows for sure how many underage girls are getting married in the country of Georgia.<p>The United Nations Population Fund has records showing that at least 17 percent of girls in Georgia …

Sex traffickers who used Facebook to lure victims jailed again –report

Authorities described a new generation of digital sex traffickers who do business completely via the internet by using their smartphones.<p>NEW YORK …

A rebellion inside a small Indian sect seeks to end a brutal custom: female genital mutilation

When she was 7, Saleha Paatwala's grandmother took her out for what she thought would be a party.<p>"I was told it would be a huge gathering where kids like me would also be," Paatwala said.<p>Instead she found herself in a dark, messy room where three other women were waiting. They pulled her down, held …

200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation, says U.N.

<b>(CNN) —</b> They covered her face and laid her down.<p>What happened next, Agnes wishes no girl would ever experience.<p>"They grabbed my legs and arms," she said. "They excised me. Blood was coming out."<p>Her genitals had been mutilated.<p>Agnes, now 14, underwent the procedure in Cote D'Ivoire. But the practice …

Female Genital Mutilation

These Men Stood Up To End Female Genital Mutilation In Their Community

"If I ever have a daughter, I will not allow FGM. I just wish that my wife could have been spared.”<p>In a community in Ethiopia where female genital mutilation was widely practiced and accepted, a few men stood up to help end the practice.<p>Three years ago, community leaders in Sidama Zone, an area in …

What It's Like to Experience Female Genital Cutting

"When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me."<p>When she was 7 years old, Mariya Karimjee sat on a tarp in a neighbor woman's living room and had an operation that would affect her life forever. As part of a family tradition in her small …

Female genital mutilation is a men's issue, say African activists | Reuters

COPENHAGEN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female genital mutilation (FGM) will never end until men also throw their weight behind efforts to eradicate the potentially deadly practice, says Nigerian law student and anti-FGM activist Kelechukwu Nwachukwu.<p>On the other side of Africa, Kenyan farmer and …

400 cases of female genital mutilation recorded in the UK every month

More than 1,200 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been recorded in England over the past three months despite the practice being outlawed in Britain for more than 30 years.<p>Between January and March there were 1,242 newly recorded cases of the practice, including 11 girls born in the …

Human Trafficking In Our Own Backyards

by, Leith Merrow Mullaly, RN, MSN, IBCLC<p>Slim and obese, tall and short, strikingly beautiful and very plain, black, Asian and white...literally the girls who live next door. These are the young women I support and with whom I work. <b>They are all victims of sex trafficking right here in the "good ole</b> …

What America Learned About Sexual Assault in 2016

The same country that elected a man accused by many women of sexual assault seemed to cross a critical threshold in discussing it.<p>For years, we have been fumbling for how to talk about sexual violence in America. In 2016, it seems like we finally found the words.<p>This year, we saw a 60th woman …

CA Democrats Usher in 2017 by Making Child Prostitution Legal

So California hasn’t slid off into the Pacific Ocean, yet.<p>Democrat lawmakers in California have stepped forward to make their views of society and …

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Iran Official Calls For Sterilization For Sex Workers, Homeless Drug Addicts

An Iranian official has called for the sterilization of female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran to prevent "social harm."<p>Siavash …

The town where boys are 'groomed to become pimps'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rosa was only 17 years old when she was approached in her small hometown in Mexico by a man claiming to sell clothing. Instead, he began courting her and she quickly fell in love with him.<p>Showered with affection, Rosa went with the man to another town in Mexico called Tenancingo, where he …

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How we talk about sexual assault online | Ione Wells

The Wage Gap No One Is Talking About

The problem isn't just men vs. women.<p>The gender pay gap is so widely talked about and understood, it even grabbed centerstage in a recent Bud Light commercial. Meanwhile, another pay gap gets little time in the spotlight, but is in obvious need of our attention: the racial wage gap.<p>The gulf between …

The Gender Wage Gap Among Doctors Will Depress You

It's well established that women in the U.S. who work full-time make about 79 percent of what men do. But the silver lining is that more women are getting into higher-paying professions, right? Well, yes...but that isn't doing much to close the wage gap. In fact, one of the highest-paying fields …