WeSpeakOut reaches out to PM Modi on the International Day of the Girl

On 11 Oct 2017, the International Day of the Girl, WeSpeakOut urges PM Modi to spare a thought for the hundreds of girls in India from the Bohra community and some communities in Kerala which practice female genital mutilation known as khatna/khafz in order… Read more ›

A Bohra woman’s open letter to PM Modi on freedom from Female Genital Mutilation

Masooma Ranalvi, convenor of We Speak Out pens a heartfelt open letter to PM Modi:   Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, It was heartwarming to hear you specially refer to the plight of Muslim women who suffer from the practice of triple talaq, which is anti-women, on Independence day. Our independence will always be incomplete if women are subjugated, raped, burnt and tortured in the name of custom,… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Friends Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 32 Khatna has been happening for generations but it’s almost never talked about.  Now that it is in the news and all over social media, start a conversation with your friends as part of #EachOneReachOne2. Here are some questions to get the conversation flowing: Between… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Non-Bohra Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 29 Having conversations about Khatna with non-Bohras: A Bohra woman shares her experience of talking about Khatna with a non-Bohra friend --- "My non-Bohra friend recently… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Sister Brother Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 25  Sister Brother conversation guide Family is a good place to start the conversation about khatna. They are your support when you make important choices in life. Brothers can be confidantes at times on things that are difficult to explain or rationalize with your parents. Here… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Father Daughter Conversation Guide

Photo credit: SahiyoHaving a conversation on khatna with your father can be challenging for all sorts of reasons, from the notion that one reason khatna is done is to control a woman’s sexuality, to the fact that within the Bohra community, sexuality is not a topic women speak of to… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 In-Laws conversation guide

Photo credit: Sahiyo  Bohra households are of various types; some may be liberal, some conservative and some in-between. Conversations with elders, especially parents and in-laws, can be challenging due to sensitive and controversial nature of the practice of khatna. Keeping this in… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Husband Wife conversation guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 14: Talking about khatna between husband and wife Sensitive topics are often the hardest to bring up even in a very close marital relationship.  Use the opportunity of #EachOneReachOne to talk about your… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Talking with someone who claims you are not a supporter of Aqa Maula

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 9 In your #EachOneReachOne conversations with other Bohras about Khatna, you might come across some who perceive you to be anti-Islam, or anti-Aqa Maula, for questioning the practice. Here are some talking points/questions that you could consider during these… Read more ›

Each One Reach One 2 Mother Daughter conversation guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 7 Mother-daughter relationships can be very close but khatna can still be a tough topic to broach. For #EachOneReachOne, here are some suggested questions you… Read more ›

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