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Guardian: Three sentenced to 15 months in landmark female genital mutilation trial

18.3.2016. A former midwife, a mother of two girls and a Dawoodi Bohra community leader sentenced over mutilation of two young girls in Australia’s first criminal prosecution for FGM

A retired nurse, a mother of two girls and a Dawoodi Bohra community leader have each been sentenced to a maximum 15 months in prison after Australia’s first criminal prosecution for female genital mutilation.

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The Guardian reports about FGM in Dagestan

10.3.2016. It is not the first time that we hear about FGM in Dagestan. But so far, we only had hints from Russian media. Now, the Guardian reports about a magazine in Dagestan which makes FGM a topic.

“The magazine also draws attention to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

“I was recently sent a link to a paper which said that FGM is Sunna [traditional Muslim law based on Muhammad’s words or acts]. I took exception to that and did some research and found that it is not true.”

Anokhina said that some of her correspondents had also refused to write about FGM, so she had started to investigate it herself.”

Read the full story in “‘Funny’ stories from the frontlines of Dagestan’s gender war“.

DW: Changing minds about genital mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

3.3.2016. High rates of female genital mutilation set Iraqi Kurdistan apart from the rest of the country. More than the men, it is the women who keep the cruel tradition alive. Florian Neuhof reports from the Iraqi countryside.

In the hamlet of Tirpaspyan, a loudspeaker crackles into life, summoning the local women to the village mosque. (more…)