Female Genital Mutilation: Honor Violence In the Name of Virtue

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Two weeks ago, I had no idea what the letters “FGM” stood for. I may be wrong, but my guess is that many of you who are reading this are unfamiliar with that acronym as well. As an employee at the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, I’ve heard my colleagues engaging in this discussion for a while now. To be transparent, I’m ashamed to say that it’s a topic which I have widely overlooked. I now realize that a large part of that was due to my own ignorance.

Not long ago, I was brought to tears as I sat in a House office building in the heart of our nation’s Capital. Concerned Women for America (CWA) had shown a screening of the film Honor Diaries, a documentary exposing honor-based crimes in the United States. Afterwards, CWA held a panel discussion with Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), an Arizona detective, and two of the women in the film.

It occurred to me that up until that viewing, I had either not heard much or chosen not to believe the despicable torture that is going on in my own backyard; however, just moments after the film began, the proof was flooding the screen. Thanks to the documentary, I was able to put real faces to the honor violence. Now, it’s personal. There is proof which I can no longer ignore …

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