On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Obama Administration announced they would conduct a major study on female genital mutilation (FGM), assessing how many U.S. women are at risk or are victims. Currently, 130 million females live with FGM in 29 countriies.
The UN has reported that militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all girls and women, aged 11 to 46 and living in and around the city of Mosul, to undergo female genital mutilation. The potential number of victims was quoted as approximately 4 million.
Since 2006, a controversial organization has asked for donations, promising to surgically restore the clitoris of women, mainly in Africa, who have suffered FGM: female genital mutilation. Clitoraid does this by asking people to "adopt a clitoris."
Circumcision was once considered the norm, with 85 per cent of male infants having the procedure in 1965. Those numbers are falling, as more and more parents begin to question the legitimacy of removing the foreskin of baby boys within hours of birth.
Waris, a supermodel who has travelled the world, was forced to lie down on a rock by her mother, when she was only five years old, while another woman cut off parts of her genitals with a razor blade. No anaesthetic was used.