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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…)

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.

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…)

Unicef: Abandoning female genital mutilation, one village at a time

MURTKA, Iraq, 26 January 2016 — They remembered the day they were cut as if it was yesterday. Most said it happened around the age of five or six. To them, it’s the day they lost their trust in the person who brought them into this world — their mothers. (more…)

Petition to End FGM in India

At the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mumbai, in a most unhygienic and clandestine manner. The shock and trauma of that day are still with me.

Like me, there are thousands of my Dawoodi Bohra sisters who have been subjected to genital cutting as children and even today thousands of Bohra girls are being subjected to this practice, since it has been ordained by the clergy of our community. (more…)

Vagabomb: In Historic Protest, 17 Women Fight against Female Genital Mutilation in India

7.12.2015. By Sukhmani Waraich

While reading about female genital mutilation, most people picture an impoverished African country where such a heinous practice could only be carried out in cut-off, uneducated tribal areas, far away from “civilisation.” Never do we think that little girls go through this torture much closer to home, in India. But it is a reality for women of the predominantly Muslim Dawoodi Bohra community in Gujarat and Mumbai. The practice entails circumcision with a razor blade, without anaesthesia and is done on girls before they turn five. (more…)

The logical Indian: Female Genital Mutilation – A Barbaric Practice Leaving Scars On Millions Of Women Worldwide

14.10.2015. By Richa Verma.

It is what my grandmother called the three feminine sorrows.
She said the day of circumcision, the wedding night and the births of a baby are the triple feminine sorrows.
Feminine Pains (poem, 1998)
-Dahabo Ali Muse, Somali.

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Independent: Isis may have issued a fatwa introducing FGM in Mosul – but cutting in the Middle East is not new

11.10.2015. By John Chua.

Nearly a decade ago, the NGO I work with began to document Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan. At first people there wouldn’t talk about the issue and some denied its existence. Kurdish grandmothers even told us their own sons would beat or kill them if people found out they spoke about this taboo subject.

When we published the result of our surveys that showed the overall mutilation rate across most of Kurdistan was 72 per cent of women. Experts in the West were shocked. Few had realised the problem even existed in this region before, let alone the extent we had been able to expose. (more…)