From the Field

  • Abandoned Wives in Liberia: Circumcised Women Suffer Rejections by Men

    Abandoned Wives in Liberia: Circumcised Women Suffer Rejections by Men

    In the past week, my colleague Mae Azango has received mutilation and death threats for a recent article on the health risks of female cirumcision. Mae has covered this issue a lot in the past, but this backlash is unprecedented. The Secret Society that performs the cirucmcision on little girls guards its authority and power in communities by demanding secrecy. In 2010, Mae and I collaborated on a story about Liberian men rejecting circumcised women - an eye-opener in a county where a woman's ability to marry is paramount.

    I link to it here because I believe that men's rejection of circumcision could be critical to the phasing out of circumcision - since it contradicts one of the primary motivations of sending a daughter to be circumcised: helping her to get a husband.