International Women’s Issues

From domestic violence to child prostitution, honor killings to genital mutilation, issues faced by women and girls all across the globe depend and thrive off of intimidation and power. Sadly, it would be nearly impossible to be able to go into great detail and address every single issue that affects women all over the world, but it is our hope that by providing information and resources, we may inspire and encourage you to learn more about what is happening to other women across borders and oceans RIGHT NOW. It is very easy to get settled into a comfort zone, mentally consumed by our own lives and troubles, soon forgetting the reality that others face. This is not to say that any one person’s struggles are more severe than another’s, but it is to say that our world would be a better place if we all shared compassion and awareness for others who make up the world’s population.

We would also like to say that if any of you read through this section and find that something important or perhaps under the radar is missing, please do not hesitate to let us know. Comments and ideas are always welcome.

Some of the most prominent issues our global sisters face on a daily basis are listed below along with links to organizations that provide further information and ways you can get involved.

Female Genital Mutilation

Particularly poignant in our discussions of varying beauty and societal norms around the world is female genital mutilation (FGM), often referred to as female circumcision. The procedure is medically unnecessary, provides no health benefits and involves the removal of all or portions of a girl’s external female genitalia (labia and clitoris) usually sometime between infancy and the age of 15. In some cases, a barrier is created by cutting and repositioning the inner and outer labia, which narrows or seals the vaginal opening. This barrier is often cut open and resealed for purposes of sexual intercourse and/or childbirth later in life.

FGM is associated with cultural ideals of beauty, purity and femininity and is internationally acknowledged as a human rights violation against women and girls. There are approximately 100 to 140 million women and girls who have undergone the procedure and an estimated 3 million girls who are at risk for it every year. FGM is most common in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, though it also exists within some immigrant communities of North America and Europe and remains one of the most blatant examples of inequality between men and women in modern day. Depending on the societies and communities in which FGM is carried out, the reasons given for its continuance often point to religious, cultural and social pressures to conform with tradition. Women are thought to be “unclean” and therefore untouchable by men if they have not yet undergone FGM.

Because many of these procedures to remove perfectly normal, healthy tissue often take place in less than sanitary conditions, girls undergoing FGM are frequently at risk for a multitude of immediate medical problems including severe pain, hemorrhaging, tetanus, sepsis, urine retention and general sores and injury to surrounding tissue. As time progresses, girls who have undergone FGM in their lifetime are also at risk for many serious long-term medical issues including infertility, recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, cysts, complications during childbirth and an increase in newborn deaths.

For more information on FGM, please go to the World Health Organization’s website: <a href=""></a>





Acid Attacks

Unlawful Imprisonment

Violence/ Refugees

Poverty, Lack of education/resources

(Women and micro loans)

Gang Rape




Sex Trafficking

Honor Killings

Bride Burning



Child Prostitution