Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Biology students Breanna, Corinna, and Jocelyn constructed an installation for the Student Social Justice Exhibit, found in Gleeson library, to highlight female genital mutilation which is a major violation of girls’ and women’s human rights. Female genital mutilation refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Most people associate FGM with mostly third-world African countries. However, according to a study found on it is estimated that 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM. Help them bring awareness to this subject by stopping by the library installation!!

For an emotional self-told FGM story, by Mariya Karimjee, listen to: This American Life podcast Episode 586: Who Do We Think We Are?


Gleeson Library invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.


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