The ritual removal of part of the genitalia can cause excruciating pain and lead to severe health issues for life. In Germany, activists says there are over 40,000 victims - and hope new legislation could put a stop to the practice.
Many West African women have experienced physical violence in their lives. Guinean women's rights activist Binta Ann says laws are not enough - governments need to follow through to help protect women.
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.
Monday is International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the UN wants to draw global attention to the consequences of this gruesome tradition. DW reports from Tanzania and Guinea-Bissau.
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."
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