30 million girls world wide at risk for genital mutilation.

Unicef has put out a study revealing that tens of millions of young girls worldwide are facing the likelihood of having their genitals cut off.

More than 30 million girls are at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) over the next decade, a study by Unicef has found.

It said more than 125 million girls and women alive today had undergone a procedure now opposed by the majority in countries where it was practised.

Ritual cutting of girls’ genitals is practised by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it protects a woman’s virginity.

Unicef wants action to end FGM.

If not for believing it to be the will of god, who would look at their child and immediately think that they need to take a blade to their genitals?  Christopher Hitchens put it plainly: “The genital mutilation community is entirely religious.”  That should tell you something.

Take it away, Hitch (trigger warning, some of this is graphic).

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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