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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Speak Out on FGM tastes its first success!

Masooma Ranalvi presenting 85,000 petition signatures to Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson of the National Commission on Women  In a huge sucess for Bohra women in India, fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), on 6th February, 2017, celebrated as zero tolerance day against FGM by the… Read more ›

Speak Out On FGM gets an opportunity to put the India story on the map at the global Ban FGM Conference in Rome, Italy

The BanFGM Conference, a high-level gathering called for by the Dakar Ministerial Sub-regional Consultation, was held in Rome from January 30th to February 1st, 2017, at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Italian Senate. The Conference was organized by No Peace Without Justice and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, in partnership with… 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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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 ›