Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in an important show of solidarity with the international movement for women's rights, spoke out against the Taliban's treatment of women. Speaking at the California Governor's Conference for Women, Ms. Albright pledged U.S. support for women and girls in Afghanistan stating that the rights of women must be included in U.S. foreign policy. She also responded to the claim by some that the treatment of women in Afghanistan is part of Afghan culture, stating, "I say it is criminal and we each have a responsibility to stop it." Albright sent a clear message to the Taliban that the treatment of women is threatening U.S. and other international relations.
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .