Despite Liberia declaring a three-year suspension of FGM, human rights groups tell VICE World News that women and girls are still being forced to undergo the procedure.
Parents bring girls as young as 3 months old to undergo the procedure that is known to cause sexual dysfunction, cysts, and birthing complications.
"The hardest part of coming to terms with female genital mutilation for me is that it didn’t prevent the one thing my parents thought it would."
The first federal female genital mutilation case in the U.S. has reignited a longstanding debate over what constitutes the practice and how best to handle it.
"When did you realize that there's something wrong with this tradition?"
Sir Christopher Chope has been described as an "embarrassment to humanity" for objecting to legislation that would protect children from FGM.
The ruling overturns the federal ban on FGM in the United States, which was passed in 1996.
In a landmark case, lawyers are claiming religious freedom to defend doctors facing charges for performing FGM on seven-year-olds in Michigan.
A high-stakes criminal case is forcing a tight-knit Midwestern Muslim sect to reckon with its most dangerous practice.
Every other December, scores of Tanzanian girls endure what's colloquially known as "cutting season." Now, new mapping technology can help activists locate girls who might be in danger—and get them to safe houses before it's too late.