It is only recently that countries besides Canada and Sweden have accepted women threatened with female genital mutilation as political refugees.
When more than half the population of a country is treated as beasts of burden, forced to either stay indoors or shroud themselves outdoors and precluded from any activity, be it employment or schooling, that would give them some form of self-determination, this constitutes mass political persecution. Mr Whitaker calls it cultural. It is political.
Judith M Steiner
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