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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Campaigns

Not My Daughter

Bohras were asked to make a pledge to not cut their daughters and to allow them to reach their fullest potential without… Read more ›

Each One, Reach One

  In partnership with Sahiyo, Speak Out on FGM launched the month-long Each One Reach One Campaign on February 6th 2016, to coincide with the UN's International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Its goals… Read more ›

In the News

WeSpeakOut at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva

  Masooma Ranalvi, Convenor of WeSpeakOut, and Durga Nandini of Change.org spoke on a panel about FGM/C in India today at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.  They were invited by the Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation to… Read more ›

Cutting young girls isn't religious freedom

Kristina Arriaga, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, penned a powerful opinion piece in the The Wall Street Journal against defending khatna as religious freedom: Earlier… 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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Blog

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 ›