Why is the issue of female genital mutilation key in the fight for women's rights throughout the world?
International documents provide the basis for rights, for individuals and peoples. This includes the marginalized. This incorporates the majority, whoever and wherever. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence or the Istanbul Convention is a huge document.
However, when one examines the particular issues over 100 million and potentially 200 million girls and women around the world, potentially far, far more, but at least tens of millions of girls and women. They undergo this in unsanitary and forced conditions with the pressure of religion, family, culture, and community.
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