WeSpeakOut: For Women's Rights



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Time for India's Government to Back up its Words with Concrete Action: It Must Ban FGM/Khafz

In recognition of International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, 2018, we, the undersigned women’s groups and individuals, stand in support of the survivors who are bravely speaking out against the practice, and join them in calling on the Indian Government to take immediate action against the practice of… View More


India Supreme Court case update: FGM PIL referred to a constitution bench

On September 24, 2018, a bench of Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud referred the FGM PIL to a constitution bench. This decision was taken after six months of extensive hearings, and immediately after the attorney general KK Venugopal asked for the matter to be referred to a larger bench, despite… View More


WeSpeakOut's statement on the Supreme Court decision

Today. the Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Mishra, Justice Chardrachud and Justice Khanwilkar referred the Female Genital Mutilation case to a constitution bench. WeSpeakOut, an NGO of survivors of FGM, are hugely disappointed with the decision as it will now mean more delay in getting a verdict on the… View More


Roundtable: Eliminating FGM/Khafz in India by 2030

  Held on July 30, 2018, New Delhi   Despite Female… View More


The "pleasure" argument

Until recently, khatna/khafz proponents argued that khatna was about removing the "haraam ki boti" (sinful flesh) and making women "naik" (ritually pure). Now the same people are saying that cutting the clitoral hood exposes the clitoris, making sex more pleasurable for… View More


Joint Statement: “Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments - Roundtable on FGM/C/Khafz in India”

                                      Joint Statement The participants of the event, ‘Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India’, jointly issue this Declaration.… View More


New charges in Detroit FGM case

Detroit — Federal prosecutors filed new charges in the nation's first case involving female genital mutilation, accusing one doctor of mutilating three more prepubescent girls and alleging one girl was drugged. The new charges bring to a total of nine girls from three states who prosecutors say underwent the illegal procedure at a Livonia medical clinic since 2015. The indictment was filed one week after The… View More


Detroit Genital mutilation case revs up amid grand jury activity

Detroit — As many as six members of a Muslim sect from India were questioned by a federal grand jury Wednesday as prosecutors pursue more criminal charges involving new girls in the nation's first female genital mutilation case. The grand jury appearances by members of the Dawoodi Bohra community come as defense… View More


Mumbai: Bohra Non-Profit Organisation Starts Audio Campaign To Speak Out Against FGM

WeSpeakOut, a non-profit organisation fighting for the rights of Dawoodi Bohra Muslims, has started an audio campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), appealing to community members to speak about their experiences. Over the last month, it has received over 40 responses from both women and men from various parts of India and abroad on the controversial topic. The campaign is called 'My voice against khafz/FGM counts'. The audio posts… View More


The ‘religious’ practice of female genital mutilation is inhumane

The Supreme Court, in a hearing of a PIL filed against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim group, said that just because the practice dates back to the 10th century AD, it can’t be declared an “essential religious practice”. FGM is the practice of partially or completely removing the clitoral hood. In India, it is largely limited to the Dawoodi Bohras and some other Muslim groups in Kerala… View More