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A London jury convicted a woman of committing female genital mutilation on her daughter, when the child was 3. It is first time anyone in the U.K. has been found guilty of the crime since it became illegal in 1985. Kirsty O'Connor /Press Association Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Leena Khandwala, 44, at her family home in Karachi, Pakistan. After members of her religious community in the U.S. and Australia were arrested for performing female genital mutilation, she decided to go public about her childhood experience of being cut. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Mariama Conte underwent female genital mutilation when she was 9. She volunteers as a mentor at an annual kids' camp that aims to educate them about the harm caused by FGM. Courtney Columbus /for NPR hide caption

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Eunice, pictured above, is one of the workshop participants: "Today I learned a girl can do anything — that a boy and girl are equal, no one is more special, and I am happy about it. I am happy that the new things I learned today [are] to be confident and be powerful." Mercy/Too Young To Wed/Samburu Girls Foundation hide caption

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Mercy/Too Young To Wed/Samburu Girls Foundation

Mufti Ismail Berdiev (right) is a religious leader in the Republic of Dagestan. When a report documented female genital mutilation in this republic, he said all women should be circumcised "to end depravity." He later said he was joking. Above, he poses with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin ceremony in March. Mikhail Metzel/TASS hide caption

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Eric Aniva told the BBC that he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was described as "ritual cleansing." Eldson Chagara/AP hide caption

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