Qubad Talabani about FGM in Kurdistan

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Mr. Talabani was candid about the challenges faced by women in their rural regions, with crimes of honor killings and female genital mutilation, on which he said, Kurdistan, unlike other parts of the Middle East, reports and has begun work to stop. It won’t be easy. In the male dominated culture that exists in the rural areas, he points out that it will take religious leaders and villages elders to change the practices. There has been some progress in those efforts, including a statement by the Kurdish Islamic authority to condemn the practices, but, as he said, “we can’t shy away” from the problem. There’s more work to be done.

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