A lot of people aren’t aware that they used to cut little girls’ genitals in the United States of America.
When people found out what was happening in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, … they were horrified. But behind closed doors, they were mutilating their own young boys.
Fortunately, cutting the genitals of girls was made illegal in the USA in 1997 (and again in 2021 after a federal judge in 2018 struck down that law), but it is difficult to successfully prosecute cases of FGM while male and intersex children are still being neglected, because the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law.
As Martin Luther King understood, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” No children will be truly safe from genital mutilation until all children are safe from genital mutilation.
We urge other human rights organizations to join us in advocating for the rights of all children to be protected – regardless of the identity of the victims or the motivations of the perpetrators – from harmful and unnecessary genital tampering.