Sahiyo Resources


Sahiyo Brochure-  Learn about Sahiyo’s work

FGC Information Brochure – FAQs around Female Genital Cutting or khatna amongst Bohras


Sahiyo Activist Needs Assessment Study – Sahiyo partnered with a healthcare market research consultancy to conduct primary market research with activists speaking out against Female Genital Cutting, in an effort to better understand activists’ challenges and hopes for the future. This report summarizes the key findings from our primary research and draws implications for the broader gender violence activist community, but also to underscore the importance of conducting primary research with activists.

Sahiyo’s Exploratory Study Summary – A two-pager documenting highlight results from Sahiyo’s online, exploratory study documenting the prevalence of khatna amongst Dawoodi Bohras women on a global level.

Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the Dawoodi Bohra Community: An Exploratory Study – The report contains the full results and analysis of a detailed online survey of 385 Dawoodi Bohra women from around the world. This survey was conducted over a period of six months from July 2015 to January 2016.  (The original study published in February 2017 needed a few corrections. The version attached here was updated in December 2018.)


A Media Workshop on Female Genital Cutting – Best Practices for Media Reporting on Female Genital Cutting

A resource guide to best practice for sensitive and effective reporting on FGC/M: With special reference to Khatna in the Dawoodi Bohra community – This media toolkit was developed to promote sensitive and effective depiction of Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGC/M) with special reference to Khatna in the Dawoodi Bohra community. The toolkit will help the media (or anyone interested in depicting the issue) in avoiding factual errors, sensationalized visuals, judgemental language and unintentional vilification of the community; and to be a stronger and effective partner in furthering an end to Khatna among Bohras.

Digital Activism Guide-  A guide for those who want to engage in creating dialogue against Female Genital Cutting (also known as Female Genital Mutilation) through digital and social media.

U.S. Activist Retreat Report – January 2018 – A report summarizing the activities that occurred during the first U.S. Bohra Activist Retreat Against FGC.

Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting in Girls –  This clinical report is from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Deen and Duniya (Religion and the World) – a 2004 film by Alisha Bhagat highlights the role of women in the Bohra community.

A Small Nick or Cut, they say….– ‘A Small Nick or Cut, they say…’ produced by Love Matters India in 2016 and directed by Priya Goswami features voices of resistance on ‘Khatna’ or Type 1 Female Genital Cutting (FGC) prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra community of India.

How Dawoodi Bohra Activist are working to end female genital cutting in the United States – Activists attending the Sahiyo U.S. Activist Bohra Retreat speak about their own stories and experiences with female genital cutting (FGC), and how they hope change can happen.

Storytelling with Sahiyo – Sahiyo partnered with Women in Film and Television International India in 2018 to organise “Storytelling with Sahiyo”, which featured four critically-acclaimed Indian film actors who performed narrative readings of the personal stories of four Female Genital Cutting survivors. The stories highlighted the different ways in which FGC affects women who are cut and the difficult decisions that mothers often have to make when they are caught between tradition and the desire to protect their daughters.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A under-recognized form of gender-based violence in the United Statesan educational webinar in which we explored FGM/C in the United States, its connection to the broader anti-gender-based violence movement, and learned about the intervention and community engagement efforts occurring in this country to support survivors and prevent future generations from experiencing it.