Petition Update

U.S. Announces Major Study Into Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Jaha Dukureh
Atlanta, GA

Jul 23, 2014 — Over the past few months, more than 220,000 of you have signed this petition, urging the American government to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States, and commission a prevalence report on FGM’s impact on women and girls.

Because of your voice, the U.S. has acted.

At a summit on FGM and child marriage in London, the Obama administration announced it would conduct a major study into FGM to establish how many women are living with the consequences of FGM in the United States and how many girls are at risk. Not only that, but the administration said they would create a preliminary working group on FGM, with a mission of measuring the extent of FGM in the United States and coming up with concrete plans to tackle it.

This could not have happened without your support. Today, we stand more than 220,000 people strong from all over the globe. And we can say that our voices -- along with those at The Guardian and Equality Now -- helped compel the Obama administration to act.

Check out this news article from The Guardian, which covers the announcement from the Obama administration. This is a first step in ending FGM in the States, and where the U.S. leads we hope others might follow. Thank you, again.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/22/white-house-us-female-genital-mutilation

White House announces major study into US female genital mutilation
White House announces major study into US female genital mutilation
The Obama administration is to carry out a major study into female genital mutilation, in an effort to establish how many women are living with the consequences of FGM in the United States and how many girls are at risk.
http://www.theguardian.com