Archive | April, 2011

Jugend Jury wählt Wüstenblume zum besten Film / Youth critics choose Desert Flower as best movie

28 Apr

Frankfurt: 75 Jugendliche im Alter zwischen 13 und 16 Jahren setzten sich auf Initiative der Frankfurter Stadtbücherei, Lions Club und des Drogenreferats der Stadt Frankfurt ein halbes Jahr lang mit den fünf Medientypen Buch, Hörbuch, Comic, Film und Computerspiel auseinander. Am 14. April wurden die Gewinner der fünf Kategorien bekannt gegeben und in Frankfurt vorgestellt. Der Film „Wüstenblume“, basierend auf Waris Diries autobiografischem Roman, wurde von den Jugendlichen in der Kategorie bester Film gewählt.

“Ich bin sehr glücklich darüber, dass der Film gerade bei Jugendlichen so gut ankommt. Es sind die jungen Leute, die etwas verändern können!”, sagte Waris Dirie zu der Wahl.

Frankfurt / Germany: 75 youngsters between 13 and 16 years of age have extensively dealt with different types of media over the last six month to choose theif favourites in five categories: books, audio books, comics, movies and computer games. On April 14th, the young jury presented their selection in Frankfurt as part of the project initiated by the Frankfurt public library, Lions Club and the city’s center for drug abuse prevention. We are happy to announce that the movie Desert Flower, based on Waris Dirie’s autobiographical book, was chosen as best movie by the young critics.

“I am very happy that the movie is so well-received among young people. It’s the youth of today that will make a difference to our societies tomorrow”, Waris Dirie said after the announcement of the winning media.

Kenyan girls rebel against female genital mutilation

21 Apr

The Guardian has published an interesting article on two teenage girls in Northern Kenya who refuse to be mutilated. The video potrait of these two young women shows not onyl how much courage and strength it takes to oppose a tradition as deeply embedded in a societies norms and expectations, but also the impact of social change on personal relationships – in this case on the relationship between mothers and daughter. You can watch the video here.

Rural village in Ethiopia vows to eradicate FGM

17 Apr

Another Ethiopian village has vowed to eradicate female genital mutilation. Radio Netherlands, a radio station that boadcasts throughout Africa, has visited the village and reported that women are taking the initiative in addressing the issue of FGM. One of the women interviewed by the boradcaster in the village of Senbata Lencho said that “We, the mothers, have taught our children these hurtful habits. It is now our duty to prevent them from doing it and inform them of its consequences”.

A representative of the African Aid Development Association said that the involvement of religious leaders played a key part in the efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. “It has been incredibly important that they publically stated that female circumcision is not mentioned in the Bible nor in the Quran and called upon their followers to stop the practice”, she said.

Another important factor in the fight against FGM in Senbata Lancho is the increasing willingness of young men to marry women who have not been mutilated. In the area, mutilation are usually performed not on small children, but on teenagers to prepare them for marriage. As Radio Netherlands reports, more and more women who are not mutilated and their husbands are speaking out openly against the existing prejudices towards non-mutilated women and raise awareness on sexual health.

Kenya: Parliament to debate on new legislation to criminalise Female Genital Mutilation / Kenia: Parlament debattiert neues Gesetz gegen weibliche Genitalverstümmelung

6 Apr

The Parliament in Kenya is to debate a new law against female genital mutilation, a practice that affects around 35 percent of women in Kenya. The bill was submitted to Parliament by Member of Parliament Fred Kapondi. It entails a prison sentence of three years for any person submitting a woman to FGM. This includes any person who assists in the submission of a victim to FGM for example by bringing a person from another country to Kenya for the procedure or by failing to report a case to the authorities.

Das Parlament in Kenia wird diese Woche über ein neues Verbot von weiblicher Genitalverstümmelung (FGM) debattieren. Etwa 35 Prozent der kenianischen Frauen sind Opfer von FGM. Der Gesetzesentwurf des Parlamentariers Fred Kapondi sieht eine Gefängnisstrafe von mindestens drei Jahren für die Durchführung einer Genitalverstümmelung vor. Auch Personen, die Beihilfe leisten, zum Beispiel in dem sie ein Mädchen aus dem Ausland nach Kenia bringen um die Verstümmelung durchführen zu lassen, sowie Personen, die eine Verstümmelung nicht melden machen sich nach dem neuen Gesetz strafbar.