MENA leaders are failing to protect women and girls from FGM

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) remains a persistent and widely underacknowledged human rights violation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where countries are failing to take adequate action to protect women and girls from the practice or provide survivors with access to support or legal justice. Despite high rates in various communities and a growing body of evidence that FGM happens more widely than publicly recognised, governments are falling short on supplying reliable data and funding to address FGM, in addition to lagging behind on enacting legal prohibitions and enforcing exis…

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