Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  

Female Genital Mutilation /Cutting (FGM/C) is a cultural practice that some Muslims practice and gives it a religious connotation. The women from this community continue to be negatively affected by this retrogressive practice that not only exposes them to death from excessive bleeding, impaired female reproductive organ but also has some long term effects which includes:

  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Low and/or lack of interest in sex with the married partner that mostly leads to divorce.
  • Caesarian operation that usually leads to over bleeding during child birth.
  • Psychological problem.

Objectives

The overall objective of the FGM/C program is to contribute towards improved and expanded civil society activities to reduce FGM/C up-taking behavior while de-linking it from religion specifically:

To sensitize, inform and educate the target groups on the Religious stand, harmful medical and social effects of FGM/C.

To strengthen and empower Community structures to address the challenges of FGM/C.

To strengthen the knowledge and capacities of other collaborative personalities on how to address this issue on Islamic, Medical and legal implications of it.

Achievements

 
  • Mobilized Imams and other Scholars nationally for anti FGM/C trainings
  • Increased awareness campaigns.
  • Participation on exchange visits activities to Sudan (UNICEF trip)
  • A National Declaration on FGM/C by Imams and Scholars
       

 

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