Thursday, 12. May 2011

TERRE DES FEMMES partner organization "Amazonian Initiative Movement" (AIM) has inaugurated in March a shelter for girls at risk of circumcision in Sierra Leone.

In the newly constructed shelter will find 15 girls protection. They will not only secure accommodation, they are looked after by a social worker and have the opportunity to be taught acadamic and professionally.

In addition, there was a ceremony held for former circumcisers.

Sunday, 5. December 2010

Officials in Uganda have revealed that more and more Sabiny girls are flocking to Kenya to get cut, as a result of the ban of FGM in July this year. Under the new law, offenders can face up to 10 years of prison, or a life sentence, if the victim dies on the consequences of the genital mutilation.

In Kenya, Sabiny girls are cut in maize plantations and are kept there at least for four days, to allow them to recover to some extent from the procedure. For this purpose, the Sabiny Families hire Kenyan surgeons.

Friday, 26. November 2010

The confirmation of a court ruling against the Uppsala municipality / Sweden last week, has prompted a discussion about the possibilities of social services and the police to investigate FGM cases in Sweden. In April 2010, the municipality of Uppsala had been found guilty of discrimination and had to pay a fine of 6.000 € after having forced a 10-year old girl to undergo a gynecological examination against the will of her parents.

In 2004, the then 9-year old had travelled to Kenya with her parents, who are of Somali descent.

Wednesday, 3. November 2010

UK – Flora Olinyole has applied for asylum in the UK, but has been told that her application has been rejected. The Nigerian mother of three told yesterday the BBC NEWS UK that she cannot return to Nigeria because her daughter would be at risk of female genital mutilation. According to her words, her first daughter died after being subjected to the practice and she cannot allow such thing to happen again.

"If I go back to Nigeria, my life is not safe, my little girl's life is not safe.

Monday, 1. November 2010

A study by the Institute for Tropical Medicine estimates of around 8000 the number of women who are victims of female genital mutilation in Belgium or in danger to undergo the procedure.

Especially young girls are at risk that this will be done to them in Belgium, or during their staying in the mother's home country.

The study estimates a number of 5000 genital mutilated women between 20 and 50 years of age, living in the country.

Furthermore the study points out that these women give birth to around 600 daughters each year, which in turn are also threatened.

Tuesday, 19. October 2010

On October 8th and 9th, women from all over Africa discussed issues affecting women in Africa at a conference on “Women and the Transformation of the African Continent” held in Johannesburg by the Pan African Parliament, a body of the African Union.

Among the topics addressed were issues such as the continuously high maternal and child mortality rates in Africa and female genital mutilation.

Reducing maternal mortality is one of the Mi

Friday, 8. October 2010

No Peace Without Justice, the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children and Euronet-FGM organized a high-level meeting on the International Campaign to Ban Female Genital Mutilation worldwide at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly, held on 23 September 2010, in New York.

The First Lady of Burkina Faso H.E. Mrs Chantal Compaoré, a long-time campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation and the Inter-African Committee Good-Will ambassador, have opened the evening’s proceedings.

Tuesday, 5. October 2010

ROME - The president of the Italian Association of Women for Development (Aidos), Daniela Colombo, announced recently (27.

Monday, 4. October 2010

Katanya Women’s Development Association (KAWDA) one of the leading advocates against Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone has intensified its campaign against the ancient practice, despite stiff resistance from the Bondo secret society.

Bondo is a powerful, women-only secret society that prepares young girls for adult life, marriage and motherhood.

Thursday, 30. September 2010

The new Australian Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen declared recently that he is going to push for laws protecting women from genital mutilation and honor killings, still this year.

Mr Bowen said, that he will put efforts in widen the criteria by which people can apply for complementary protection. The proposed laws should prevent people from being deported, if they don’t meet the required conditions of current refugee obligations.