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  • Tostan
    An international non-governmental organization based in Senegal Africa geared toward educating the people and ending female genital cutting.

  • Rainbo Homepage
    While contributing to the advancement of the field in general, we are currently focusing our work on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation to assert women's rights to their bodily integrity.

  • NPR : INS Fraud
    NPR's Margot Adler reports on the case of a Ghanaian woman named Adelaide Abankwa - who won political asylum in the US, based on her claim that she would be subject to female genital mutilation if she were returned home. Feminist groups and others - including Hilary Clinton - rallied to her cause. Now, the INS says its lengthy investigation of Abankwa concluded she had not only lied about her identity - but also her fears of being tortured in Ghana. [A 5 minute 40 second Realaudio segment]

  • NPR : Nigerian Woman Challenges Mutilation Ritual
    NPR's Libby Lewis reports on a Nigerian woman who is trying to have the practice of female genital mutilation accepted as a violation of the anti-torture convention, which the United States has signed. The woman lives in Dallas, but is here illegally and fighting deportation. The woman's claim is that she and her 3-year-old daughter, who is a U.S. citizen, would likely be subjected to the mutilation ritual which is practiced in some African cultures. If her argument is accepted, it could open the United States to many African women who otherwise could not move here. [4.5 minute Realaudio segment]

  • NPR : Asylum & Genital Mutilation
    A Nigerian woman is fighting deportation, saying she needs to stay because of her 10-year-old daughter, who is an American citizen. The mother has overstayed her visa by more than a decade. She says she can't leave her daughter in the US, but she says in Nigeria, the girl would be subject to a painful procedure known as female genital mutilation. NPR's Barbara Bradley reports. [4:47 minute Realaudio segment]

  • NPR : Mutilation - Asylum
    NPR's Margot Adler reports on the story of Adelaide Abankwah. Abankwah is the second woman in U.S history to be granted political asylum because she feared she would be subjected to female genital mutilation if she returned to her native Ghana. Abankwah spoke out today for the first time since her release from a detention facility - where she spent two years and three months. [4.5 minute Realaudio segment]


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