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Revolutionising social norms: The UN Commission on the Status of Women

International Development minister Lindsay Northover reads the UK statement at the UN General Assembly room. Picture: Sheena Ariyapala/DFID

Last week was my first visit to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an annual event that has been held at the UN since 1946. Over 100 ministers and 8000 civil society advocates attended, with events ranging from …

Ending female genital cutting in our lifetime

A declaration being read at the abandonment ceremony in Mali last year. Picture: Orchid Project

“I feel more and more that I am no longer alone and that the entire world is supporting me.” – Mah Cissé A year ago, 14 communities in Bamako, Mali, declared an end to Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Mah Cissé, …