I meet 19-year-old Syahiera Atika at the mall. She spends most Sundays prowling Kuala Lumpur’s mega malls like other women her age, but as she eagerly points out she’s also different. Syahiera is a modern incarnation of Malay culture: She happily embraces Western-style capitalism, while at the same time strictly following the local interpretation of Islam. And as she proudly informs me, that also means she’s circumcised.
“I’m circumcised because it is required by Islam,” she says. The Malay word she uses is wajib, meaning any religious duty commanded by Allah. Syahiera is aware of how female circumcision is perceived in the West, but rejects any notion that it’s inhumane. “I don’t think the way we do it here is harmful,” she says. “It protects young girls from premarital sex as it is supposed to lower their sex drive. But I am not sure it always works.” She giggles at this thought.
19.2.2015. The Persian program of the German Deutsche Welle recently aired a program about FGM in Iran. In the following we document parts of it (we did not translate some of the general explanations about FGM worldwide):
„The results of a survey show that 83% of women on the island Qeschm and 50% of women in Iranian Kurdistan are mutilated. The researchers are convinced that such practices are also prevalent in other parts of the country. (more…)
13.2.2015. A local campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Iranian provinces of Kermansheh and Kurdistan has started with trainings for women, educating them about the harms of the practice. Now, Osman Mahmoudi and Mohammad Rauf Amini have translated one of WADI’s publication about FGM from Kurdish to Persian. (more…)
11.2.2015. Wadi, UNICEF and the High Councild of Women affairs launched an event about how to eliminate FGM in Kurdistan and Iraq
To mark February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, With support from UNICEF as part of Combat FGM In Iraq WADI, alongside the Women’s Affairs Committee of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament arranged an event on February 8. (more…)
By Stop FGM Middle East
February 5th, 2015. On the fifth official International Day of Zero Tolerance to female genital mutilation (FGM), the campaign against FGM in Iraq is taking up speed and with its comprehensive approach already yielding great successes. Newest data shows: FGM can be eradicated in one generation. According to a KAP-Study by Unicef 72% of respondents in Northern Iraq say they do not support FGM at all. Formerly, FGM was practiced by more than 70% of the population.
By Stop FGM Middle East. 4.2.2015. Religious beliefs play an important role in the battle against Female genital mutilation (FGM). Clerics are part of the large-scale campaign against FGM in Iraqi Kurdistan. In this video-clip an Imam explains why FGM is not in accordance with Islam. It is one of four vidoe-clips shown regularly on Kurdish television as part of the campaign by WADI and Unicef. (more…)
By Stop FGM Middle East. 4.2.2015. In the Iraqi Kurdish region a law against FGM is in place and all TV and radio-channels are airing information about FGM. This is part of a large-scale campaign against Female Genital Mutilation which is run by WADI and Unicef. Politicians, doctors, clerics, policemen and the media are supporting the battle against this harmful traditional practice. In this video-clip a doctor is explaining the harms of FGM to a mother seeking advice. (more…)
By Stop FGM Middle East. 4.2.2015. In this video-clip one of WADI and Unicef’s mobile teams arrives at a remote village. These mobile teams visit the Kurdish villages regularly educating about FGM and the law against domestic violence, but also discussing daily issues and needs of the population trying to find solutions. In the Iraqi Kurdish region all relevant actors are embracing a large-scale campaign against Female Genital Mutilation which is run by WADI and Unicef. Politicians, doctors, clerics, policemen and the media are supporting the battle against this harmful traditional practice. (more…)
By Stop FGM Middle East. 4.2.2015. In the Iraqi Kurdish region all relevant actors are embracing a large-scale campaign against Female Genital Mutilation which is run by WADI and Unicef. Politicians, doctors, clerics, policemen and the media are supporting the battle against this harmful traditional practice. In this video-clip which is shown on Kurdish television a remote village in the Kurdish mountains is shown. A man dressed in traditional Kurdish gown listens to a radio program informing people about the harms of FGM and the law which prohibts it. The woman a girl at her hand hears the program and chenges her mind about mutilating the girl. The two main actors, the man and the woman, are champions of the battle against FGM: Sarhad Ajeb is the Anjuman (village head) of Toutkhel, one of the FGM-Free villages in Iraq. He and his wife Nasreen are at the fore front of the campaign convincing neighboring villagers, presenting the cause in TV-shows an talking to press and politicians. (more…)