Egypt is waging a campaign against female genital mutilation. The force behind the campaign's unlikely alliance is a no-nonsense 84-year-old anthropologist named Marie Assaad. This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca talks with her about the struggles and lessons in her half-century-battle against FGM.
- Marie Assaad, anthropologist, chair of Egypian FGM task force
- Taina Bien-Aime, executive director of Equality Now, a women's rights group based in New York
- Mountaga 11/7/07: "I'm from Mali where 94% of women are excised! Congratulations for your good advocacy job."
- Zach 11/7/07: "One danger of FGM that often isn't discussed is that the scar tissue that's left is less flexible than the original vaginal skin, and often a smaller vaginal opening is left as well. As a rural health education Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, I helped with many childbirths that became crises as the woman's vagina simply didn't stretch to allow the baby to exit. Extreme episiotomy was often necessary, and nevertheless the childbirth process lasted much longer than it should have. I'm sure FGM has caused a higher death rate in childbirth in Burkina Faso."