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 Rights organizations present a new study about Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq

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Rights organizations present a new study about Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq  14.6.2012 
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Study about Female Genital Mutilation Iraq presented by rights organisations in Kirkuk

June 14
, 2012

KIRKUK, Iraq's border with Kurdistan region, — The first data collected on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraq (outside of the Kurdish region) was presented on Wednesday in a press conference in Kirkuk by the local women's right organization Pana and the German-Iraqi NGO Wadi. The organizations conducted an in-depth research in Kirkuk, in which 1212 women above the age of 13 were interviewed. According to this data 38.2% of women have undergone FGM.

With 65.4%, Kurdish women are the most affected ethnic group. Arab women hold 25.7% and Turkmen women 12.3%. The conductors of the study emphasized that these rates should be regarded as minimum numbers since they are based on mere self-report.

You may download the entire study in English PDF or Arabic.

About 40 people, among them the mayor of Kirkuk, attended the event, although the security situation in Kirkuk was extremely tense after three car bombs have exploded in the city the same morning.

Journalists from several Kurdish and Arab satellite TV stations and some local websites and newspapers were also present. The mayor of Kirkuk thanked the organizations for the research,www.ekurd.net declared his support and showed himself committed to the eradication of FGM in Iraq.

This research proved that FGM is also practiced outside the region governed by the Kurdistan Regional government. Countless women and girls may be affected throughout Iraq.

The Kurdish parliament has banned FGM by law in 2011. Now women's rights activists and organisations demand a similar ban to be issued by the central parliament in Baghdad.

Some encouraging news already came in today: According to some sources the Iraqi Government is planning to include banning FGM into the penal code and waits approval of the parliament.

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