“Working to Reduce Female Genital Mutilation in Kurdistan”

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Female Genital Mutilation (“FGM”) is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. For generations, FGM has been an embedded traditional practice in Kurdistan, but, with the help of a UK-funded project, this is starting to change. With funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a specialist German NGO called WADI has been working to reduce the practice in Kurdistan, and to increase the numbers of senior figures who speak out against it.

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