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+972: How Arab women fought female genital mutilation in Israel

28.2.2016. Just 20 years ago, female genital mutilation was an accepted practice in six Bedouin tribes in southern Israel. Jewish researchers couldn’t figure out why the practice disappeared — because they didn’t talk to the Arab women’s group fighting it.

By Eli Aminov on Blog +972

Half a century ago, one didn’t need to go all the way to Kenya to research the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): you could do so in Israel. The practice was common among some of the Bedouin population in the Negev, and this was 40 years after the majority became Israeli citizens. (more…)

Talking to circumcisers in Iran: Kind women, violent tradition

22.2.2016. By Rayehe Mozafarian

More than 7000 communities across Africa are working to abandon FGM. But there are some other countries in the Middle East and Asia where FGM is also common as a tradition. Despite the efforts of some organizations in the Middle East and Asia mutual cooperation between the respective governments and international organizations is difficult in some countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and etc. (more…)

Now This: Up to 72% of Kurdish Women in Iraq suffer female genital mutilation

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Up to 72% of Kurdish women in Iraq still suffer genital mutila…Female genital mutilation is still too common in too many places

Uncut Voices: FGM where you wouldn’t expect to find it – in IRAN

6.2.2016. by Uncut Voices. When Kameel Ahmady, an aid worker in Africa, encountered FGM, he was at first unsuspecting of the discovery that awaited him on return to his native Iran. Yes, he knew ‘circumcision’ of girls took place in his country, but the secret had been so well-kept that he “was shocked to discover [it among] the closest members of [his] own family.”1 (more…)

FGM: Slow progress when talking to the UN about numbers

5.2.2016, by Stop FGM Middle East

UNICEF just came out with new numbers on FGM. Instead of 140 million, the United Nations Children’s fund now estimates the number of women and girls having undergone female genital mutilation worldwide to be at least 200 million. Those extra 60 million come from adding Indonesia to the list of countries “where FGM is most concentrated”.

But FGM in Indonesia is no news. Everybody who is concerned with FGM knows that the practice is widespread not only in Indonesia, but also in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. In the case of Indonesia, there were several small and large studies showing how widespread FGM was. In 2003, a large-scale study by the Population Council and USAID found that 86-100% of girls aged 19 reported to be “circumcised” (number of households surveyed: 1694). (more…)

Day of Zero Tolerance: Campaign in Kurdistan in danger

Stop FGM Middle East Press Release, Suleymaniah and Berlin, February 6th 2016

After a most successful year campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan and many countries in the Middle East and Asia, WADI has to announce that large parts of the campaign will not continue. (more…)

United Nations Population Fund: Speaking out against female genital mutilation in Indonesia

4.2.2016 Source: United Nations Population Fund – Press Release/Statement

JAKARTA, Indonesia – “The day before I was discharged by the midwife, my daughter was circumcised. She is now three weeks old. When she becomes an adult, she will pray five times a day and read the Al Quran,” says Rosa, a young woman living in Jakarta, before expressing a common misconception in the country. “According to religion, an uncircumcised girl is considered dirty.”  (more…)

India Today: Women Slam Cruel Tradition Of Female Circumcision

4.2.2016. Women from Dawoodi Bohra community have petitioned the government to ban the medieval and unscientific practice of female genital mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation footmark in south of Iran

3.2.2015. On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, we are featuring a background on the practice of FGM in the province of Hormozgan in Southern Iran. Our partner Rayehe Mozafarian who has done a study in that region is reporting about her encounters with traditional midwifes. (more…)

Beyond the Hijab: Let’s Talk About “Sunat Perempuan”

2.2.2016. On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance towards FGM, women activists in Singapore have started a series on “sunat perempuan” on their blog “Beyond the Hijab”.  This is the first entry which also talks about the workshop and regional meeting WADI and AWARE orgnized together in Singapore. (more…)