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Jakarta Globe: Despite Ban, Female Genital Mutilation widespread in Indonesia

18.9.2015. By Bastian Scheerpen.

More than 140 million women worldwide have experienced female genital mutilation, but not everybody knows that many of them live in Indonesia, where over half of girls under 11 are subjected to the dangerous practice that is widely condemned internationally.

Now, with research indicating that government regulations and religious decrees have little to no impact on the prevalence of FGM, activists and officials are making themselves heard once more, to call for a comprehensive solution. (more…)

In Australia, three Dawoodi Bohras face Supreme Court trial for circumcising their daughters

17.9.2015. By Areefa Johari. Female genital mutilation is illegal in Australia. But in India, where Dawoodi Bohras are the only known community to practice the ritual, there is no law against it.

In the first case of its kind for the Dawoodi Bohra community, three Bohras living in Australia are facing a Supreme Court trial for practicing genital mutilation on two minor girls. (more…)

DIWA: Nigeria bans Female Genital Mutilation: Shouldn’t India follow suit?

16.9.2015. Nigeria made history by outlawing female genital mutilation. The act falls under the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 and the bill, which was passed in May was recently enacted into the law.

While Nigeria joins hands with a worldwide movement that aims to eradicate the practice from all countries – U.N. eradicated the practice worldwide in 2012 – India, along with several Asian and African countries still continue the unlawful practice. The barbaric act, defined by WHO as the act of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, continues to be carried out in tiny bylanes of the country, well hidden not only by those who do it, but also those who are exposed to it.

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DW: For some Egyptian women, FGM is not all bad

15.9.2015. By Mai Shams Al-Din. It’s neither a lack of education, nor a religious custom that allows female genital mutilation (FGM) to prevail in Egypt. Three mothers explain their motivation for getting their daughters cut.

Living in a village in the south of Egypt, Mounira*, a 47-year-old government employee, remembers her experience with FGM as “horrible and painful.” Women like Mounira – who have been cut themselves – usually want the practice to end. But not Mounira. (more…)

New Website Launched for FGM in Iran

1.9.2015. The Website Stop FGM Iran was launched in August by a group of activists surrounding researcher and long-term anti-FGM activist Rayehe Mozafarian. It collects all relevant information about FGM in Iran and publishes news about activism and government measures. You can find articles from the Iranian and Kurdish press about FGM and the latest update of the “Step by Step Meeting” tackling FGM and early marriage which was attended by representatives of the department of social welfare and psychological counceling.  (more…)