We need a strong inclusive women’s movement that acknowledges that we are complex and diverse beings, that we won’t always agree on the approach but that we always need to engage with integrity and respect while trying to avoid the patriarchal snares that seek to divide us.
Female genital mutilation is a global problem and one which requires global action to end it. Research on the existence and prevalence of the practice is critical to the efforts to eradicate the practice. Laws criminalizing FGM provide a cornerstone for national efforts to end the practice. We’ve rounded up significant developments in laws and available data to end FGM over the last few months.
FGM/C: A Call For A Global Response shines a spotlight on the presence of FGM/C in over 90 countries around the world. This webinar highlighted the key findings of the report as well as survivor perspectives and feedback from key UN agencies.
By standing in solidarity, with strength, humanity, and kindness we will emerge from this crisis into another new more exciting normal, where we will be stronger and better connected than ever before.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call for a Global Response, a new report released by Equality Now, End FGM European Network and the US End FGM/C Network, features the voices of survivors of FGM/C from across the world.
Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is happening in far more countries around the world than widely acknowledged, and the number of women and girls who are affected is being woefully underestimated, finds a new global report.
Rayehe Mozafarian set up Stop FGM Iran, after writing her thesis on FGM in Iran in 2014, which was published as a book titled ‘Razor and Tradition’. Right now, there are at least four states in Iran where FGM has been found to be practiced It is referred to as Khatne (circumcision) or Sonnat (tradition). It is very common in the south but also happens in the west, in some Kurdish areas. It is carried out differently in the various regions. The most common is Type I but we have some reports of Type II.
Masooma Ranalvi is the founder of WeSpeakOut, an organization working to end FGM/C in India. WeSpeakOut knocked on the doors of the government, started a Change.org petition that has over 200,000 signatures, launched a Supreme Court Case in India, and published a research study.