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 "Iraqi Kurdistan an example" and positive reactions from Baghdad MP on Kirkuk research about FGM: White Group WG

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"Iraqi Kurdistan an example" and positive reactions from Baghdad MP on Kirkuk research about FGM  19.4.2012 
By WADI, WG — ekurd.net 

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April 19, 2012

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are glad to update you with some good news:

After Pana and Wadi published a press release about FGM in the Kirkuk region not even 24 hours later Ashwaq al-Jaff, a member of the human rights committee in the Iraqi Council of Representative reacted and said:

"It got our attention as it detected figures that must be combated. Therefore we have included this issue on the agenda of the human rights committee"

"Our commission has a lot of important files and I don't hide a secret that the issue of female circumcision across Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, has got the attention of human rights organizations and international personalities."

The MP called for a close co-operation between the authorities in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region to effectively combat this practice throughout Iraq.

We are also glad to share some more positive reactionsabout our campaign with you:

The Dutch MP Han ten Broeke member of the Liberal party recently called the Campaign against FGM in Kurdistan an example for a "best practice" project:

In a statement Ten Broeke stressed that the organisation’s holistic approach is a proven success in fighting FGM, also known as female circumcision. Furthermore, he mentioned recent results of the campaign in Kirkuk and suggested to extend the program of Wadi further into the Arab region. Wadi has received funding from the Dutch government and is a partner of Hivos, a Dutch development organization. Currently both NGOs are working.

And Human Rights Watch just published a book about the global fight for Women’s Rights: The Unfinished Revolution.

One chapter is dealing with Female Genital Mutilation and the attempts to ban this practice. Nadya Khalifa, who conducted a research about FGM in Kurdistan, writes about the StopFGMKurdistan campaign and the reactions of the authorities, which she considers a positive example for other countries too:

The Kurdistan parliament’s adoption in June 2011 of a family violence bill, including two provisions on FGM, constituted another major milestone on the road to ending FGM. (…) For me , this was a deeply satisfying moment, as I recalled the harrowing testimonies of women and girls I interviewed in the course of my research.

What this teaches us is that FGM eradication efforts require a multifaced approach – one that works with numerous key actors at the same time, including victims, their families, religious leaders, health care professionals, teachers and community leaders. Debate and discussions are essential to encourage a community affirmation to stop the mutilation of girls. In every country where FGM exists, government authorities can follow the example of Iraqi Kurdistan and make a public commitment by sending out a clear message that this harmful practice has no place in their society.

The White Group is composed of various civil society organizations, civil society activists, journalists and artists.


Wadi e.V. - Association for Crisis Assistance
and Development Co-operation
Herborner Str. 62
D-60439 Frankfurt am Main / Germany
Phone: +49-69-57002440
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Web: www.wadi-online.de
Wadi Office Sulaimaniyah/Northern Iraq Phone: +964-7701588173
Pana Kirkuk Phone: +964-7701512007

Stop FGM Kurdistan
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