“There is NO compromise against the immorality and barbarism of FGM. To give some utilitarian explanation or excuse gives the Islamist supremacists and theocrats a pass and sets the clock back hundreds of years upon the movement for women’s rights in Muslim communities.”
“Egypt is not like other countries. What might apply to it might not apply to other states. Egypt is keen on being an active member in the international community, which is why it signs UN international conventions, but this does not require it to comply with them literally.”
- Atef Makhalif
Undersecretary of the Egyptian Parliament’s Human Rights Committee
"I think it's unacceptable to host a WOMEN'S World Championship in a place where women do not have basic fundamental rights and are treated as second-class citizens... I will not wear a hijab and support women's oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career."