A conversation on Khatna with Suleimani Bohras

Sahiyo co-founder Shaheeda Tavawalla-Kirtane talks to Shabnam Muqbil and her husband, Koen Van den Brande, who give us an introduction to the Suleimanis and throw light on the practice of ‘khatna’ amongst their community. Shaheeda: Please share with us the history of the Suleimanis and where they come from? Shabnam: The Suleimani Bohras (Suleimanis) are …

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Speak Out on FGM petition to the UN collects more than 500 signatures

In December 2015, Speak Out on FGM – a collective of Bohra khatna survivors – launched a signature petition on Change.org, appealing to various ministers in the Indian government to end Female Genital Cutting (khatna) in India. It was the first time that 17 Bohra women had publicly come out, as signatories, to speak against …

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Invest in ending FGC in Asia: Why Sahiyo and 33 organisations are petitioning the U.N.

(TO READ AND SIGN THE PETITION, CLICK HERE)  According to the United Nations, at least 200 million women in 30 countries have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). However, these statistics are largely restricted to sub-Saharan Africa and ignore the global scope of the issue. Indonesia, where half the girls under age 11 have undergone FGC, …

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Why the khatna conversation needs men’s voices too

(First published on June 7, 2016) by Ammar Karimjee Age:24 Country: Pakistan I found out when I was 19. I’d just heard about the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in an Anthropology class, and had dismissed it as something that simply happens in rural African villages. After class, I’d expressed disgust to a friend about …

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What can Bohras learn from a new report on the global status of female genital cutting?

by Aarefa Johari This August, the Population Council and UK Aid published a unique, comprehensive report on Female Genital Cutting around the world, to serve as a valuable resource for anyone working to bring the practice to an end. Titled ‘A State-of-the-Art Synthesis on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – What do we know now’, the report …

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FGC in Dawoodi Bohra Community

Orchid Project: Bohra – India & Pakistan Fact Sheet No More Female Genital Mutilation: Dawoodi Bohra Women Crusade Indian Women who are fighting to stop genital mutilation Damage by Mariya Karimjee Who’s Afraid of Female Orgasm? The Secret is Out: Banning Female Genital Cutting in India India urged to ban FGM as women break silence …

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Respected Syedna, we are all disappointed by your views on female circumcision

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’s recent wa’az (sermon) in Mumbai has come as a disappointment. For almost three months now, Dawoodi Bohras who wish to see an end to female circumcision (khatna) had been hopeful. Starting with Sydney in February, many Bohra jamaats in different cities around the world have issued letters to their members, asking them to …

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