I have gather some information from the net having read some of the posts here.
Female Circumcision is NOT illegal in Egypt.
Until 1997 it was practiced and not spoken off. The US news network CNN, while in Cairo covering the UN women's conference did a small report on this matter. A young girl was seen being circumcised by the local barber. By all accounts it was a terrifying ordeal for the young girl and the viewers. Egypt proceeded to take CNN to court, this action was unsuccessful. The Father of the girl was arrested and charged with mutilating his child. Then released when the Mufti(?) of Egypt declared that the practice is NOT illegal. The Egyptian government proceeded to debate the matter and prepare a law to pass outlawing the practice. They did not, in fact they outlawed female circumcision if done OUTSIDE a government hospital. It continues to this day.
As to the article I have only reported what was written. Having done so my opinion of Egypt and it's men is tainted. Debbie may do her utmost to say they are no different to Australians, but I don't buy it. I do admire Debbie for standing up for what she thinks is true based on a few weeks vacation or maybe more visits I am unsure. I would imagine that this thread is now about Arab men in general and not Egyptian.