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