Kenyan tribal economics requires that the pleasure-giving parts of female genitalia be removed for families to exchange property or money during marriage. The Guardian speaks to one of the procedure’s practitioners.
Female genital mutilation, known euphemistically as “female circumcision,” has been banned completely in Egypt following the death of a girl. Although a soft ban has been in place for 10 years, some studies estimate that 90 percent of Egyptian women have had the procedure. Government and religious leaders have joined in condemning the practice.