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summer 2003
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Weird Science and Breast Cancer
Emergency Contraception
Augusta Protests Turn to the Real Green
Women's Unemployment
Madame President?
Filibusters on Bush Noms
Supreme Ct and Abortion

Inside Iraq: Where are the Women?
Lawal Fights for her Life
Senegal Villages Oppose FGM
UNIFEM Report on Women's Political Participation
Reports from Zambia
Kuwait, Canada, and Michele Landsberg on the UN

Shock and Jaw by Ellen Hawkes
Global Sex Rules: The Price of Silence by Michele Kort
Yer Mama Wears Combat Boots and We're Proud by Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (Ret.)
Might and Right by Samantha Dunn
"Live! Eat! Enjoy!" by Martha Smilgis

Commentary by Gloria Steinem
Keywords by Robin Morgan

Birute Galdikas: Borneo's Guardian Angel by Claudia Dreifus


Title IX: The Deregulation Ploy by Sharyn Tejani


Taking the Law in Her Hand by Andrea Sachs


7 Tips on How to Write a Best-Selling Memoir by Nuala O'Faolain


Sister by Diana Abu-Jaber
Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia


Late Justice by Kay Ryan
What's that Smell in the Kitchen? by Marge Piercy
Elegy for a Soldier, June Jordan, 1936-2002 by Marilyn Hacker

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Stephanie Nolen covers conflicts and development issues for The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada.

FGM Cases in the U.S.

young girlLest you are inclined to think of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a distant issue overseas, think again. On March 29 of this year, Khalid Adem of Gwinnett County, Georgia, was arrested on suspicion of cutting his 2-year-old daughter. The 27-year-old father, originally from Ethiopia, has lived in the United States for 10 years, and claims the allegations made against him are untrue. But medical examinations confirmed the procedure had been performed, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

FGM is illegal in the U.S. and has been condemned by the United Nations as a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Though 16 states have anti-FGM laws on record, Georgia does not. As a result, Adem is charged with “cruelty to children and aggravated battery,” and is free on bail, awaiting trial.

Zenobia Arnold, the attorney representing Adem’s wife and child claims that there is an underground network of people in the Atlanta area who perform female circumcisions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 160,000 females in immigrant communities in the United States may have undergone FGM.

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