Thursday, February 28, 2013

How can this be?

'The fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Indonesia (a country with a population of 240 million, 85% Muslim), has encountered a major setback: having been banned for more than five years, the practice has been endorsed by the government in the last few months.''

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Violence against women: Emine Bozkurt

'As much as most of us might think it’s a problem far away from us, it is not. Approximately 180,000 women in Europe undergo or are in danger of undergoing FGM every year. Due to the trans-border character of it, I have persistently asked for a European policy to fight this problem. '

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How can Europe act to end female genital mutilation?

'In the light of the European Commission’s recent commitment to prevent female genital mutilation, Amnesty International’s END FGM European Campaign is devoting a day (27 February) to exploring practical ways of ending this human rights violation. It will unveil four artistic creations which envisage Europe, once women and girls are finally free from the clutches of this harmful practice.'

Sunday, February 10, 2013

International day of zero tolerance of female genital mutilation

'Amnesty International’s END FGM European Campaign today released a video in advance of the tenth anniversary of the International day of zero tolerance of female genital mutilation. '

Saturday, February 9, 2013

De-linking Female Genital Mutilation From Religion

'Female genital mutilation has long survived, hidden under the cloak of religious, cultural, and tribal practices, but this week, as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it is time for every leader whether political or religious, whether male or female, to unequivocally stand in opposition to FGM. We can no longer allow the ignorance surrounding women's rights and FGM to be perpetuated by traditions and rituals disguised as religious teachings.'