Equality Now and WeSpeakOut Roundtable Discuss Eliminating FGM/Khafz in India by 2030

Despite Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) being prevalent in India amongst the Dawoodi Bohra community and some Sunni Muslim sects, India does not have a separate law against it. During an ongoing Public Interest Litigation seeking a ban on FGM, the Supreme Court of India remarked that the practice is a clear violation of a woman’s bodily integrity as laid down in the Indian constitution.     FGM among the Bohra community – where it is referred to as Khafz – was shrouded in secrecy until 2015, when the first-known anti-FGM/Khafz…

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Innovative tool launched to help social workers detect FGM risk

The National FGM Centre has launched an innovative tool to help social workers assess if a girl is at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The online resource takes staff through the questions they should be asking families if they think FGM is a concern. And, based on the answers given to the 31 questions, the programme generates a risk level for each case and provides recommendations for the social worker about what action needs to be taken. Available for free on the centre’s website, the resource also includes best…

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