There’s a lot more than cultural norms behind FGM.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced female genital mutilation, or FGM. That’s about 5 percent of women and girls around the globe. How can the world finally end FGM?
On today’s episode of The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women—our first of Season 3—reporter Eunice Maina explains how financial factors incentivize women to perpetuate this practice and interviews a group of girls who are tackling it head-on.
Later in the episode, host Reena Ninan speaks with Caroline Lagat, a program officer at Equality Now. Lagat works largely on legal ways to end FGM.
About The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO): Could empowering women in the workplace be the simplest way to boost the global economy? Host Reena Ninan talks to women around the world changing the status quo in surprising ways to improve their lives, their families, and ultimately, the world. The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HER♀) is a Foreign Policy podcast supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HER♀ listeners can learn more about these topics by signing up for special access to an FP Analytics policy brief on gender equality. Sign up by clicking here. See All Episodes
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