By: UN Insider on September 13, 2007 Ann M. Veneman, the executive director of UNICEF, penned a column for The Modesto Bee recently about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM). This summer, two young girls died in Egypt — one age 13, the other just 12 — as a result of female genital cutting. Globally, thousands more girls are presumed to have died in silence over the years from a practice that has no basis in any religion and is not condoned by any government. About 3 million girls are cut each year, and an estimated 130 million women have undergone the procedure. Read the whole article here.