Morsy adviser denies statements on FGM

Omayma Kamel, a member of President Mohamed Morsy’s Advisory Board for Women’s Affairs and of the Constituent Assembly from the Freedom and Justice Party, on Wednesday denied a report by privately-owned newspaper Al-Tahrir which quoted her as saying “a woman who is not circumcised is not a true believer.”

Kamel threatened to sue the newspaper.

The United Nation’s term for women’s circumcision is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

“Women’s circumcision is a problem in Egypt. It is a tradition and not a religious rite,” she said. “It does not happen in Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam.”

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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