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Female genital mutilation in Egypt

According to Unicef , in Egypt, 91% of married women between the ages of 15-45 have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It’s a procedure that partially or completely removes or alters the clitrois or labia. Though FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008, the practice is still widespread. Last month, a doctor and parent became the first Egyptians convicted of the crime. We’ll talk about this case and FGM in Egypt with Rothna Begum, a woman’s Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch. PHOTO: In this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Reda el-Danbouki, Egyptian lawyer for 13-year-old Sohair el-Batea who died undergoing the procedure of female genital mutilation committed by Dr. Raslan Fadl, points at her grave in Dierb Biqtaris village, on the outskirts of Aga town in Dakahliya,120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

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