What is Khatna?

In the Bohra community, khatna is equivalent to Type I or Type IV FGM as classified by the World Health Organization. The actual practice, as described in Daim ul Islam, is the removal of the prepuce tissue off the clitoris.

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Our mission

We will strive to work for equal rights for Bohra women in all spheres of life. Specifically, on FGM, we all agree that the practice has no place in our lives and want it banned.

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In the News

Speak Out on FGM says veil of secrecy keeps women from speaking out: Interview with Michigan Radio

In response to the recent arrest of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Bohra activist, Zehra Patwa, spoke to Lester Graham of Stateside, on Michigan Radio, to discuss the practice of khatna/FGM in the Bohra community. She emphasized that it is a cultural practice, not a religious one, and is premised in the false and patriarchal notion that it will control women’s sexuality. She also commented on the “veil of secrecy” that inhibits open… Read more ›

Speak Out on FGM member breaks her silence

“They just made me lie down and they started cutting me with a blade,”  recalled Sulemanji, who remembers bleeding heavily and crying. “They told me, ‘Stop, stop. Don’t cry. Don’t tell anybody; this is a secret among women.’” Speak Out on FGM member, Alifya Sulemanji, talks to the… Read more ›

The Speak Out Movement

Masooma Ranalvi still recalls the day, at age 7, when she was taken to dirty apartment in Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbai with the promise of ice cream. The horror of that day remained with her as a shameful secret until, in college, she was able to put a name to her experience: female genital mutilation.

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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… Read more ›