WeSpeakOut: For Women's Rights



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Disappointment at the U.S. Department of Justice decision not to appeal ruling in the first federal genital mutilation case

New York, NY, April 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is both deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear that Attorney General Barr has decided not to appeal the Michigan case against Jumana Nagarwala, a U.S. doctor who was charged in 2017 with performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on nine girls, aged 7 to 13, from Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota, at a Detroit clinic. Prosecutors alleged that Dr.Nagarwala may have subjected up to 100… View More


WeSpeakOut disappointed by US Government's stand on anti-FGM law

WeSpeakOut is extremely disappointed to hear that the US Government will not, as previously stated, appeal the court decision in the… View More


AAINAH creates awareness of FGM in India

AAINAH, a student lead YouTube channel whose motto is "stop looking at, and start looking through" talks about issues that are not talked about or which are considered taboo and that have gone unaddressed among people in society.  They aim to create… View More


Masooma Ranalvi talks about how WeSpeakOut was born

Produced by Whatsapp in a beautifuly… View More


US v. Nagarwala: A Case for Ending Impunity for Child Abuse

Shama Abbasi, WeSpeakOut member, Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School and Assistant Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies in Delhi, India writes about the FGM case in Detroit, USA:   On the 12th of April 2017, Special Agent Kevin J Swanson, FBI… View More


WeSpeakOut supports the March for Dignity

On 22nd February 2019, 5000 survivors of sexual violence from all parts of India marched into the capital city Delhi for… View More


Calling it what it is!

Ending FGM’s Terminology Barrier on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) February 6,2019 – The United Nations (UN) Declared International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). On this occasion, WeSpeakOut - a survivor… View More


FGM/C survivors respond to letter supporting the act of khatna in Detroit

19 FGM/C survivors responded to a letter to the editor of the Detroit News by several women from the Detroit Bohra community who stated: To be clear, we members of the Bohra faith are proud and patriotic American citizens who obey every law of the land — even those with which we disagree. We firmly believe that a practice that is harmless, far less invasive than male circumcision, and much more akin to a body piercing… View More


Does the US Congress have the right to make FGM illegal?

A discusson of the Constitutional issues surrounding the striking down of the federal FGM law in the United States.   More to… View More


WeSpeakOut's statement on the Michigan court decision

WeSpeakOut is extremely disappointed that a judge in Michigan has struck down a 22-year old federal anti-FGM law in the United States. In some parts of the Bohra community, it is being hailed as a victory by the pro-fgm campaigners, when clearly it is not. On November 20, 2018, the Eastern District Court of Michigan declared the federal anti-FGM statute in the U.S. unconstitutional. The order was made on a technical… View More