Sahiyo and WeSpeakOut are working to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in India
They aim to bring an end to this practice and build awareness about the values of consent and the right of children and women over their own bodies. For this, they face considerable backlash.
Sahiyo and WeSpeakOut are organisations dedicated to empowering Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). We Speak Out conducted a study on FGM/C for the first time in India and found that 75% of the Bohra community follow this practice.
The practice of FGM/C as practiced by the Bohra community involves the removal of the clitoral hood or the clitoris. This is usually done when the girl child is seven years old. For centuries, this practice was carried out in secret, and speaking about it openly was taboo. This practice has no known health benefits. On the contrary, it damages healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. By working towards ending FGM/C, these organisations aim to recognize and emphasize the values of consent and a child’s or woman’s right over her own body.
The members of both organisations have faced considerable backlash from their families and the community, which sees this campaign as an attempt to tarnish their image. They have been abused online, ostracised by their families and barred from attending community events.
Sahiyo and WeSpeakOut bravely stand firm in their fight to end female genital mutilation/cutting.
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