EVERY LITTLE DESERT FLOWER HAS A RIGHT ON EDUCATION

18 Aug

FGM DECREASES WITH THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION!

It is estimated that about 200 million women, girls and babies have been subjected to female genital mutilation worldwide. FGM is primarily practised in 28 African countries and also throughout the world.  FGM is a serious violation of human rights and its eradication would strengthen the position of women and their rights!

Studies show that the FGM rate decreases proportionally with the level of education.  Women who were able to enjoy secondary education are more likely to oppose FGM than women who couldn’t visit school.

The ten countries with the highest illiteracy rate  worldwide are also the ones which practice FGM!  In Somalia alone 75% of women can’t read or write.

Education is essential for the empowerment and self-determination of women.  It enables young girls and women to realise their individual rights and to lead a self-determined life.  Therefore it is of high importance to enable girls and women worldwide to attend school in order to become a self-determined human being within their communities.

Education is crucial in the fight against FGM! Therefore the Desert Flower Foundation is going to set its focus on the topic of education in the future.

JEDE KLEINE WÜSTENBLUME HAT EIN RECHT AUF BILDUNG!

18 Aug

DIE FGM RATE NIMMT PROPORTIONAL ZUM BILDUNGSNIVEAU AB!

Etwa 200 Millionen Frauen, Mädchen und Babies sind weltweit von Genitalverstümmelung betroffen.

FGM wird sowohl in 28 afrikanischen Ländern  als auch weltweit praktiziert. Genitalverstümmelung ist ein schweres Verbrechen gegen die Menschheit und eine schwerwiegende Menschenrechtsverletzung!
Ein Ende von FGM würde die Stärkung der Frauenrolle und der Frauenrechte weltweit bedeuten!

Studien zeigen, dass vor allem das Bildungsniveau die Einstellung gegenüber FGM in den einzelnen Ländern prägt. Frauen, denen ein Schulbesuch ermöglicht wurde neigen eher dazu sich gegen FGM auszusprechen, als jene, die keinen Zugang zu Bildung haben.

Die zehn  Länder mit der höchsten Analphabetenrate weltweit, sind auch jene Länder in denen FGM praktiziert wird. In Somalia alleine können 75% der Frauen weder schreiben noch lesen!

Bildung ist essentiell für die Stärkung der Frau und deren Selbstbestimmung! Sie ermöglicht jungen Frauen  ihre individuellen Rechte wahrzunehmen und in weiterer Folge ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zu führen!

Der Zugang zu Bildung ist ein wichtiger Schritt im Kampf gegen FGM, deshalb wird die Desert Flower Foundation zukünftig ihren Fokus auf das Thema Bildung setzen!

A LETTER FROM A SPONSOR

11 Aug

LAUREN A. SPONSORS THREE LITTLE DESERT FLOWERS


Little Desert Flower, Benita

For almost 2 years now I’ve been a sponsor to a girl in Sierra Leone- to save her from the practice known as FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation. I was driven, really, to help this cause after hearing a story about it on NPR. I remember it vividly- I was driving and almost had to pull over as I was overcome by waves of nausea as I learned more of this vile practice. As I thought of my own eldest daughter, with her auburn hair and her dark eyes… and the differences between my eight year old and the girls in the story blurred. It could be her. It SHOULDN’T be anyone.

Before the month was over I had sponsored my first little Desert Flower, after extensive research into the charities that are most successful in helping to eradicate this practice. I set my donation to renew monthly. An easy amount I never had to even think about helped a cause and a girl I thought about quite a lot. And then life happened and months moved quickly. We were to move, and then didn’t. Got new jobs. Got pregnant. Had our youngest daughter, one of our three. A month easily turned into a year of support. And then I received a normal email, on a normal day, from the Desert Flower Foundation. “Your credit card has expired, could you please renew it?”

And I thought about the gratefulness in my own heart to my own daughters’ safety. As a mother, you worry about your children, it is intrinsic. But of FGM I didn’t have to worry. My girls were safe. And ALL girls should be safe. And I thought of the little Desert Flower I sponsored… and it didn’t seem like enough. I have 3 girls I am raising, and I was compelled, as I renewed my sponsorship, to increase my giving to monthly cover the full sponsorship for three girls. Three girls, a mirror to my own. I am grateful for the opportunity to help. I am grateful for the good work Waris and everyone at DFF do. I am grateful those three girls don’t have to suffer, and are a ripple in the pond of their communities to changing this practice forever.

May more girls grow in good health and educated. May that girl grow into a woman, free to love and bear children and not suffer from FGM. May she then play an active role in protecting her own daughters from FGM. And then may she live, through all the long years of her life, to watch her granddaughters playing one day- and know they are completely safe from FGM.

The reason I give is simple. I give because those girls deserve the world. And the world deserves those girls.

 

Lauren A.

 

 

 

LIBERIA: POLITICAL PRESSURE SILENCES ACT AGAINST FGM!

9 Aug

LIBERIA IS ONE OUT OF THREE COUNTRIES IN WEST AFRICA YET TO BAN FGM


Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia

Liberia is one out of three countries in West Africa yet to ban FGM. Half of Liberian women and girls are estimated to have undergone the cruel  procedure.

Things appeared to be changing last year when in response to many years of international and domestic pressure, a domestic violence bill was finally introduced to ban FGM in Liberia.

The law listed FGM as a criminal offence, but things changed, when several politicians were opposed to the new bill. The FGM revision was then removed from the bill!

Liberia’s first female head of state and Nobel Prize winner, President Johnson-Sirleaf, says “too many of our countries have yet to muster the courage to ban the irreparable harm inflicted  by genital mutilation on young girls in traditional societies”.
Referring to Johnson-Sirleafs’  statement, which was repeatedly promised, it leaves us wondering why we are still waiting for the bill to be passed.

Observing Liberia’s political scene, it shows that a FGM bill would lead to losing support from the more traditional communities for next year’s election.

You would expect a Nobel Peace Prize, who fought for the safety of women and for women’s rights, to overcome political pressure in order to save the life of many young girls and women.

There have been too much promises  and not enough action regarding female genital mutilation! It takes real measures to protect Liberia’s women from lifelong pain!

 

LIBERIA: POLITISCHER DRUCK VERHINDERT FGM GESETZ!

9 Aug

LIBERIA IST EINS VON DREI LÄNDERN IN WESTAFRIKA, IN DENEN FGM NOCH LEGAL IST


Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberias Präsidentin

Liberia ist eines von drei Ländern in Westafrika, in denen FGM noch legal ist.

Die Hälfte der liberianischen Frauen und Mädchen sind von Genitalverstümmelung betroffen.

Die gesetzliche Lage schien sich zu ändern als letztes Jahr aufgrund von internationalem und nationalem Druck ein Gesetzesentwurf für ein FGM Verbot veröffentlicht wurde.

Der Entwurf sah Genitalverstümmelung als Straftat vor und sollte mit harten Konsequenzen bestraft werden.

Doch der oppositionelle Druck der Politiker führte zu einer Überarbeitung des Gesetzesentwurfes und infolgedessen zu einer Aufhebung des Entwurfes.

Liberias erstes weibliche Staatsoberhaupt und Friedensnobelpreisträgerin, Johnson-Sirleaf, betonte immer wieder: “zu viele unserer Länder müssen noch den Mut aufbringen, um den irreparablen Schaden zu stoppen!”

Bezugnehmend auf Johnson-Sirleaf’s Aussagen, fragen wir uns, wieso noch immer kein Verbot von Genitalverstümmelung in Liberia vorliegt.

Liberias politische Landschaft zeigt, dass ein FGM Verbot zu einem Verlust der Wähler aus traditionellen Gemeinschaften in der kommenden Wahl nächstes Jahr führen würde.

Jedoch erwarten wir uns von einer Friedensnobelpreisträgerin, die für die Sicherheit und Rechte von Frauen kämpft, den politischen Druck zu überwinden, um das Leben vieler junger Mädchen und Frauen zu retten!

Den vielen Versprechungen folgen keine Taten! Liberia benötigt harte Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen FGM, um Frauen vor lebenslangen Schmerzen zu schützen!

EGYPT: FGM DOCTOR ONLY SPENT 3 MONTHS IN JAIL

9 Aug

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE A FGM BAN WAS INTRODUCED A DOCTOR WAS SENTENCED TO JAIL

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was banned in Egypt in 2008. For the first time since the ban was introduced a doctor was sentenced to jail after carrying out a FGM operation, which led to the death of a 13 year old girl.

Raslan Fadl was sentenced to two years for manslaughter and only three months for FGM.

However, the doctor avoided the sentence and continued his work as a doctor.

It took domestic and international pressure for Fadl to surrender in April 2016.  Reportedly Fadl “reconciled” with the family and only had to serve the three- months sentence! Following further pressure, his medical license was revoked earlier this year.

Fadl’s case shows   a lack of political will regarding FGM in Egypt. It is not only about failing to arrest those who are already sentenced for practising FGM, but also about the fact, that not a single case of FGM was reported by the state during the last eight years.

The state fails to protect the women right to health and life!

Unless there is a zero tolerance policy towards FGM, young girls will be subjected to FGM! A zero tolerance policy includes stricter actions against health workers and parents, who support FGM!

 

 

ÄGYPTEN: FGM DOKTOR ERHÄLT NUR 3-MONATIGE HAFTSTRAFE

9 Aug

 

Seit 2008 ist Genitalverstümmelung in Ägypten gesetzlich verboten. Erstmals seit dem Verbot wurde ein Arzt zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt. Nach einer FGM Operation verstarb ein 13-jähriges Mädchen, woraufhin Raslan Fadl zu zwei Jahren Haft für Totschlag und lediglich drei Monate für FGM verurteilt wurde.

Lange Zeit entging Fadl seiner Haftstrafe und setzte seine Arbeit als Arzt fort.

Nationaler und internationaler Druck führte  den Mediziner dazu die Haftstrafe anzutreten.
Nach weiterem öffentlichen Druck wurde Fadl seine Arztlizenz entzogen.

Fadl’s Fall zeigt ein Mangel an politischen Willen in Bezug auf weibliche Genitalverstümmelung in Ägypten.

Es handelt sich nicht nur um ein Scheitern in der Durchführung der Rechtssprechung, sondern auch  in der allgemeinen Wahrnehmung des Problems innerhalb Ägyptens. Seit dem Verbot der Genitalverstümmelung gab es keinen gemeldeten Fall von FGM von Seiten des Staates.

Der Staat versagt das Frauenrecht auf Gesundheit und Leben zu schützen!

Nur eine Null-Toleranz Politik gegenüber FGM-Befürwortern, kann die jungen Mädchen vor dem grausamen Ritual bewahren.

 

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