Statement from Kurdistan Regional Government

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In a recent statement about progress made in Kurdistan since the liberation of Iraq in 2003 the KRG mentions FGM as a problem of the region. Taking into consideration that a year ago most officials still were in a state of denial concerning this practise this is another step forward:

Not everything is perfect. Kurdistan is still in many ways a traditional culture and women’s rights have a long way to go. Abortion is illegal. Divorce rare. Domestic violence unreported. Honour killing still too culturally acceptable. The Kurdish government have acted. Polygamy is illegal. The President and Prime Minister have said there is no honour in honour killings and they are treated by the police and courts as murder. Female genital mutilation is an appalling 25%, halved under cultural changes driven by the government, including fatwas, but remains a priority for elimination.

 

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