Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

via Dr Nervana Mahmoud @Nerana_1


I wrote this piece for the Harvard Journal of Middle East Politics and policy, hope you enjoy it.


(Victim of FGM, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al-Bataa- Photo via AP)

In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted of the manslaughter of 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa, who died during an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. Dr. Raslan Fadl was initially acquitted in November 2014, triggering a wave of anger among activists and women’s rights advocates. The new verdict provides a glimmer of hope in the fight against the retrogressive practice, which originated in ancient Egypt. Nevertheless, the depth of the challenge should not be underestimated. FGM remains popular in Egypt, despite a 2008 ban on all its forms. Fadl’s conviction, though another step in the right direction, does not mean that the ugly practice will disappear anytime soon. More needs to be done to change mindsets…

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Warm sunshine from one of my sketchbooks….

My Life as an Artist (2)

The following images are from one of the many sketchbooks I have filled over the years.   They show moments in my life when I was sitting in warm summer sunshine…doing what I enjoy most …which is to commune with nature and paint.

Waterlilies painted at Monet’s Garden, Giverny.   


A special July 4th spent with fellow artists Mariethe Salort and Bonnie Halsey Dutton at Couriers sur Sein, France.     Watercolour/gouache. 


Looking down onto the rooftops of Geberoy, France and across the beautiful countryside of Picardie.  watercolour/gouache. 


Houses in Geberoy, Picardie.   Watercolour/gouache. 


Monet’s garden at Giverny, France.  A very special moment when I was sitting alone in the garden on a beautiful early summer’s evening.   watercolour/gouache. 


From a boat in the harbour at Kinsale, Ireland.   watercolour/gouache


From Conca dei Marini on the magnificent Amalfi Coast, Italy.   watercolour/goache.


It’s always lovely to re visit my…

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Tenth Wall Defense 4 Human Rights

Tenth Wall Defense 4 Human Rights.

At Odds with Destiny – PreOrder Time!

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I’m An Abortion Clinic Escort. This is #MyStory.

I volunteer because the war on women’s bodies is very much alive. Battlefields are all over country, including right here in New York City – yes, even with its reputation of being modern and progressive. Anti-choicers come out with the intention of ending abortion and they do it with as much hate and hostility as anywhere else.

On a typical Saturday, the antis arrive early in the morning, and I have to wake up at 5am to get there on time. It’s a trek, a long sleepy ride on the E-Train. Some days, with MTA service interruptions it takes up to 2 hours. I arrive at my destination taking a deep, anxious breath – not ever fully prepared for what’s about to occur.

It is brutal. It’s the truest test to my patience and my mental strength. Getting out there on the front lines is my deepest expression of love for women’s bodies and souls. The women…

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