Ending FGM’s Terminology Barrier on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Calling it what it is!   February 6, 2019 – The United Nations (UN) declared International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). On this occasion, WeSpeakOut - a survivor led organization - unequivocally pledges to continue in its efforts to… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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… Read more ›

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… Read 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… Read 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… Read 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.… Read more ›

Doctor of 27 years in Godhra shares his experience of patients who have undergone FGM/Khafz

Dr. Sujaat Vali, of Godhra, Gujarat, discusses what he and his colleagues have seen with girls and women who have undergone FGM/Khafz in… Read more ›

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