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Save girls from a lifetime of injustice done to their bodies

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In the larger cities of the Kurdistan Regional Government of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, young girls are going to school, playing and hanging out with their friends, learning to use the new apps on their smartphones, and many more activities they enjoy. Meanwhile, in the other rural, more tribal parts, there are young girls fighting to hide from the “lady with the knife” who visits from house to house to perform the female version of circumcision, female genital mutilation, or FGM.

This practice is an ancient, baseless tradition that is forced upon girls between the ages of zero to 12 in an attempt to control sexual desires in later years. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation of women.

In some countries, the birth of a daughter is often celebrated as a good omen. But in a few countries around the world, it is viewed as a large responsibility because, along with it, comes the burden of carrying the entire family’s honor. The female in the family is oftentimes overprotected to keep this honor intact, to preserve the........

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