EGYPT: Female Genital Mutilation persists despite the risks of infection and death

images-1Presidential frontrunner Abdul el-Sisi has expressed his intent to bring Egypt out of the dark ages of Islam and its misogynistic and barbaric practices such as FGM.

FGM has been outlawed since 2008 but is still widely practised in Egypt, which has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. Over 90% of women under 50 have experienced it, according to government figures. The removal of all or part of the external genitalia is done in the name of promoting chastity. Some parents see it as a religious duty in spite of a  ruling against it. Now-ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, tried, while he was in office, to have FGM mandated for every girl and enforced by the government.