Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bravo Mrs. Mubarak

I'll preface this by saying that under some situations, I'm no cultural relativist ....

Among many others who have campaigned for a ban on female genital mutilation, Mrs. Mubarak has taken a very couragous stand against the practice. Egyptian officials have now banned the procedure from taking place anywhere, leaving a loop-hole for certain, "exceptional" circumstances, although I can't imagine what kind of situation would require such a horrendous practice. Anyway, this is a HUGE step forward for the millions of future generations of Egyptian women who will no longer have to endure the atrocity committed against their mothers and grandmothers. According to recent statistics, approximately 90 percent of Egyptian women have been circumcized.

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