Court Convicts Charles Taylor; FGM Prevalent in U.K.

Female genital mutilations have been performed on up to 100,000 women in the United Kingdom, with some medics offering to carry out the surgery on girls as young as 10, The Guardian reported April 22. Investigators from the Sunday Times filmed a doctor, dentist and alternative medicine practitioner all agreeing to carry out FGM, although it is illegal and carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Ugandan Physician-Lawmaker Moves to Criminalize FGM

After 500 young women in Uganda endured genital mutilations in the most recent season for the initiation rite, a physician lawmaker here is optimistic about outlawing the practice this year and finding new income for traditional surgeons.

Egypt Has Yet to Feel Impact of FGM Ban

In the year since Egypt outlawed female genital mutilation the government hasn’t prosecuted a single case. Nonetheless, some activists say the law is a tool, among others, for gradually dismantling an ancient tradition.