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The Practice of Khatna (Khafd) or Female Genital Mutilation amongst the Dawoodi (Daudi) Bohra Shia Muslim Community
17 Jan 2016

(...) However, despite all this worldwide effort to end FGM/C, India in particular, has escaped much of the focus and global attention due to the fact ‘khatnaor ‘khafd’  (see endnote for meaning and use of term) or FGM/C is pervasive and secretly practiced amongst the members of the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community.

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Medics’ licences to be revoked for performing outlawed FGM
16 Jan 2016

One in every five Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) operations in the last five years was performed by a medical professional.

And Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri has said it is unethical for health professionals to engage in the illegal practice. “You will be charged and licenses withdrawn,” warned Dr Muraguri. The Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Board chairperson Linah Kilimo also reproached the medics abetting the illegal practice and warned of stern action.

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Author: Joy Wanja Muraya

Over fifty girls rescued from early marriage after undergoing FGM in West Pokot
16 Jan 2016

More than fifty girls who underwent female circumcision have been rescued and taken to a rescue centre in Chepkombe, West Pokot County.

The girls were circumcised during the December holidays and were set to be married off this January by their parents.

One of the officials has housed the children in one of her plots, with the girls now enrolled in lower primary classes as they have been out of school for a long time.

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Author: Pheonah Kenga

KIRUKU: Women lagging behind in economic empowerment
15 Jan 2016

A World Bank report has confirmed our worst fears; that cultural practices are overriding formal legal regulations in sealing the economic gap between men and women in sub-Saharan Africa. (...)

It is not a secret that retrogressive cultural practices are a thorn in the flesh of many governments who have the desire to empower women economically. In East Africa, especially, early marriages and female genital mutilation have contributed immensely to slow economic growth among the women folk.

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Author: Anne Kiruku

Photo: Citizen Digital

U.S. girls, women at risk of genital mutilation has tripled - study
14 Jan 2016

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than half a million women and girls in the United States live at risk of female genital mutilation, a threefold increase in recent years due to the rise in immigrants from countries where it is practiced, a government study said on Thursday.

The number of U.S. women and girls who have undergone the actual procedures is unknown, however, due to a lack of reliable data, said the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report said the estimated 513,000 women and girls at risk were born or have a parent born in a nation where female cutting is a tradition.

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Author: Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Photo: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly



FGM is one of the worst forms of gender based violence and perpetuated across the world. Each year FGM will claim the lives or hamper the physical and psychological health of millions of women and girls for non-medical reasons. Our information centre is a contribution to the complete abandoning of FGM.

Les MGF sont une des pires formes de violence basée sur le genre et se perpétue partout à travers le monde. Chaque année les MGF vont ôter la vie, ou endommager la santé physique et psychologique de millions de femmes et de jeunes filles pour des raisons non médicales. Notre centre d'information est une contribution à l’abandon complet des MGF.