Hillary Rodham Clinton Condemns Violent Abuse of Algerian, Afghan Women
In a speech before a large group of professional women in Tunisia's capital, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly condemned the violent abuse of women in Algeria and Afghanistan by fundamentalist Islamic groups.
Clinton described barbaric acts committed against women in Algeria. "We hear stories of girls whose legs were burned with acid because someone deemed their skirts too short. We hear stories of women who were raped and pressed into slavery, women whose throats were slit and bodies thrown into a well. Those who perpetuate these hateful deeds pervert the great religion in whose name they claim to act," declared Clinton.
The First Lady also condemned the Taliban, who abuse Afghan women "in the name - the misused name - of religion."
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. . . .