Archive | April, 2012

UK: Imam encourages Muslim supporters to have their daughters mutilated abroad

30 Apr

„Cheat genital mutilation ban by going abroad“: British Muslim leader caught on camera advocating FGM. 

LONDON – Mohammed Abdul, the Imam of a Bristol mosque, was filmed urging a follower to take women and girls abroad so they can be mutilated legally. As the Daily Mail reported yesterday, the footage was obtained by an undercover reporter working for the Sunday Times newspaper, who posed as a Muslim seeking advice.

„In this country, it (FGM) is not possible, we cannot do that. (For) any other Muslim who likes to practise the way of Prophet Muhammad, the best way is to go to other countries“, said the Imam. Although female genital mutilation has not been advocated by Muslim scripture, a number of clerics encourage it. „In this country you have to fight for your religion, your cultures, They (the British) don’t like your Muslim cultures“, he further stated.

The practise was banned by law in 2003, and it’s illegal to help or encourage anyone to carry out the barbaric procedure overseas. Nevertheless an estimated 100,000 women in Britain have undergone the procedure and another 24,000 are thought to be at risk.

Dr Yunes Teinaz, who works for anti-FGM charity Forward, tells The Sunday Times: „As a result of misinformation spread by so-called Muslim scholars, young girls are being mutilated and subjected to unimaginable pain and suffering.“ The police have confirmed they have received the Sunday Times video and that the „material will now be assessed.“

Bristol Teenagers win top film award with FGM-movie

17 Apr

BRISTOL – A group of 27 young film-makers from Bristol have won the prestigious Young Voices prize. The moving drama-documentary “Silent Scream” deals with the serious issue of female genital mutilation and was supported by the Desert Flower Foundation.  The prize was presented at a national movie awards ceremony in London.

Here you can watch the movie online:


FGM continues in Kenya despite being outlawed

13 Apr

The leader of a women´s right organization has spoken out against the continued practice.

NAIROBI – “We continue to live with the threat or consequences of harmful traditional practices that violate our fundamental rights to physical integrity,” states Lilian Plapan.  The Executive Director of the SETAT Women Right´s group is talking about female genital mutilation, because: Despite the practice being outlawed last year, it still continues unabated.

As the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics reported yesterday, it concerns especially the northern regions of the country. Furthermore, she explains that in the Pokot region of Kenya, many communities still carry out a form of FGM which the World Health Organization classifies as the most severe – the removal of the clitoris and the narrowing of the vaginal opening.

In 2011, the Kenyan parliament made the procedure punishable by up to seven years in prison, but an abolishment of the practice is still far. Plapan who was launching a new campaign against FGM now believes that only a concerted effort from concerned parties will completely eradicate the practice.