Saturday, September 26, 2009

Save the girls one at a time ....

That's the spirit:

"But Tengbom says with the communities help, she's able to save the young girls, one at a time.
"We don't want to change the whole culture, we just want to remove things that are really not important for women to go through" said Tengbom."

Small project in Ghana

It looks like this small scale project seems to work.,0,2966599.story

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

The way to go

FGM is no laughing matter in Scandinavian countries:
"In Scandinavian countries, female circumcision is illegal even if it happens in another country and even if the practice is legal in that country. It does not matter if the victim said yes, it is still illegal. Perpetrators — such as a girl’s parents — are being prosecuted upon return to Scandinavia and face up to 10 years in prison."

And that it is not easy is sure:
"Jail sentences, record damages and controversial immigration laws are Scandinavia’s weapons in this war. Meanwhile Africans — who have immigrated with their families for a better life in northern Europe — wring their hands, imploring Westerners to understand that they are doing what they think is best for their daughters."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stop FGM in Kurdistan

The issue of female genital mutilation is still something of a taboo in Kurdistan. But there is one person that wants to change this: Ms. Arif, herself a FGM-victim.

"Ms. Arif wants female genital mutilation to be outlawed in Kurdistan. She also wants women who were subjected to FGM be treated physically and mentally. They should have teams of support tending to their needs."

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Father cleared

There is apparently no doubt that the girl underwent female circumcision but not sufficient evidence to convict her father.

Friday, September 11, 2009

"The Cut"

“The Cut” focuses on female genital mutilation and tells the story of two Kenyan girls, who are affected by fgm. The film explains why it is still so widespread in Kenya and suggests a way to eradicate this mutilation.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ethiopia FGM Abandonment

There is still a lot of work to do....

"Data from the Ethiopia 2005 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) indicate that 74 per cent of women aged 15-49 have undergone some form of FGM/C. There are significant regional differences ranging from 27% (Gambela) and 29% (Tigray) to 92% (Afar) and 97% (Somali region).
According to the DHS, There has been a 6% decline in prevalence of FGM/C from 80% to 74% between 2000 and 2005. Figures from a 1998 baseline and 2008 follow-up survey conducted by the National Association for Eradicating Traditional Harmful Practices (EGLDAM) estimates that the current prevalence rate is 56%."

Desert Flower - Waris Dirie's story

"Desert Flower", premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It is the story of Waris Dirie model and now campaigner against female genital mutilation.

The most disturbing sentence in the article is the following:

"In New York City 40,000 girls a year are mutilated."

Father supposedly mutilates own daughter

In Haarlem, for the first time in the Netherlands, a man of Moroccan origin and the father of the five year-old, is on trial for female genital mutilation.