Female gential mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as violating the human rights of girls and women. In southern Thailand, the practice has gone on under the radar of national health authorities for decades.
The doctor faces life in prison if found guilty of carrying out female genital mutiliation on girls under eight. Her arrest is the first under a US federal law banning the widely condemned practice.
The women of the Samburu tribe face many hardships, including circumcision, child marriage and sexual abuse. Some had enough and decided to set up a safe village just for women.
More than 200 million girls and women suffer the consequences of genital mutilation, according to estimates by the United Nations. Some of them have been taken abroad for the so-called practice of "vacation cutting."
Despite huge strides in human development across the globe, many groups have been left behind, according to the UN's 2016 Human Development Report. DW speaks to lead author Selim Jahan about the biggest challenges.
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