31 Organizations Petition the U.N. to Invest in Research and Support to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by 2030

Thirty organizations from around the world recently joined Sahiyo to petition the United Nations to invest in the research and support to bring an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by the year 2030.  Last year the United Nations set the deadline to end the practice of FGM/C in the world by 2030 or in a generation.

The organization, Sahiyo began more than two years ago as a conversation between five women who felt strongly about the ritual of female genital mutilation/cutting, commonly referred to as “khatna” in the Bohra community in India. The five women in their group includes a social worker, a researcher, two filmmakers and a journalist, and all of them had already been speaking out, in their own ways, against the practice of “khatna”. Sahiyo is the Bohra Gujarati word for ‘saheliyo’, which means friends.  As their collaboration grew, they realized the need for an organized, informed forum within their community that could help drive a movement to bring an end to “khatna”. Thus the organization, Sahiyo was established.  The mission of Sahiyo is to empower Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end female genital mutilation/cutting and create positive social change through dialogue, education and collaboration based on community involvement.

Sahiyo is obviously keeping in step with their mission by educating and collaborating with other like-minded organizations as they initiated this petition and rallied thirty other organizations. The following is the press release issued last week:

According to the United Nations, at least 200 million women in 30 countries have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). However, these statistics are largely restricted to sub-Saharan Africa and ignore the global scope of the issue.

In 2016, a UNICEF report finally included Indonesia as a country where FGM/C is practiced. But FGM/C has also been reported in India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Brunei, Russia (Dagestan) and Bangladesh. These Asian countries fall outside the scope of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Accelerate the Abandonment of FGM/C.  As a result, FGM/C survivors from this region are overlooked when it comes to resources, data collection efforts, advocacy and support.

This gap must be addressed in order to reach the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal of ending FGM/C by 2030. To this end, Sahiyo and a coalition of 30 other civil society organizations from across the world are now petitioning the U.N. to examine the impact of FGM/C in Asia more thoroughly.

This Change.org petition calls upon the global community, particularly the United Nations, international foundations and donor countries/agencies, to put forth more funding, support and resources towards research, data collection, advocacy and survivor-centered support facilities in the above-mentioned Asian countries.

For Sahiyo and other advocacy workers in South Asia, these interventions have never been more crucial. In the past one year, despite the near-absence of resources and some backlash from within our own communities, our advocacy efforts have finally started to bear fruit. We have broken the culture of silence and stigma around FGM/C and drawn considerable media attention to the practice. In 2015, Sahiyo pursued a small scale study to understand the extent of FGC in the international Dawoodi Bohra community, and found that 80% of the women had been cut. More interestingly, we also found that 81% of the survey respondents did not want FGC to continue in the community.

In most other Asian countries where FGM/C has been reported, the silence around the practice is yet to be broken, and even preliminary research studies on FGC prevalence are yet to be pursued. By directing more investment and support towards FGM/C in Asia, the U.N. and other stakeholders can ensure that the millions of little girls are not left out of the global campaign to end this practice by 2030.

As we begin 2017, we believe it would be wonderful if the international community can take this up as a New Year’s resolution in our collective journey towards ending FGC.

The coalition of organizations that have co-signed the petition are: Sahiyo, Love Matters India, Orchid Project, Equality Now, Healthy Tomorrow, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Point of View, Akshara, RAHMA, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, FORMA, Tahirih Justice Centre, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), Chehak Trust (Sahyog), Krantikali, The Hands of Hope Foundation, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, No FGM Australia, Pastoralist Child Foundation, Dahlia Project, The Council for Democracy and Tolerance, Saheli, Blue Veins, Beyond the Hijab, Men UNiTE (Men Against Violence and Abuse Alliance), Dawn Worldwide, Speak out on FGM, Hawa Trust, Keep the Drums Lose the Knife, Sambhaavnaa, Sanctuary for Families.

To sign and support this petition, please click the link and remember to share it with your friends and colleagues on social media.  https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-end-female-genital-mutilation-cutting-by-2030-invest-in-research-and-support-in-asia.


Congratulations! Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press’ 45th Anniversary

For the past forty-five years, the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press has been working for media democracy and media justice.  Founded in 1972, the institute unveiled its work by publishing the first edition of the “Media Report on Women” (what women were doing and thinking to make the world’s communications media more democratic).  This report was edited by Dr. Donna Allen, and she continued to publish this report through 1987.

Forty-five years later, the Institute continues to operate under the leadership of Martha Leslie Allen.  They have increased communications, nationally and internationally through various types of media, such as periodicals, news services, art, film, music, etc.

During the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, the Institute held several conferences at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on planning a national and international communications system for women.

Between 1980 and 1985, the Institute held two international satellite teleconferences from the United Nations World Conference of Women in Copenhagen and Nairobi.

In more recent years, the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press has collaborated with several women’s organization to support the end to violence and injustices against women and girls.  This effort includes their continued partnership and support of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E Foundation in the campaign to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).  Several years ago Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation approached the Institute and requested their assistance and support in the campaign against FGM/C.  Martha Leslie Allen welcomed the partnership and support.  To date, the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press and Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation continue FGM/C.

As part of the 45th anniversary celebration of the Institute, their associates, partners and friends will join the institute in a special reception on Saturday, January 21st.  If you are interested in attending this reception, please send an email to ourmediademocracy@gmail.com.

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation extends congratulations to the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press on promoting women and the media for the past 45 years!


Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2017 Calendar


  • Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press 45th Anniversary Reception January 21st
  • Support Group Meetings resume January 28th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance on February 6th
  • International Women’s Day on March 8th
  • Walk To End FGM registration begins – May
  • Vacances San Excision (Summer without Cutting) Camp – August
  • Walk To End FGM on October 21st
  • Giving Tuesday – November 28th

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This Week’s Scrambled Words







Last Week’s Scrambled Words                               Last Week’s Unscrambled Words

HARITCY                                                                             CHARITY

TRICONBUTIONS                                                             CONTRIBUTIONS

NATIONSOD                                                                       DONATIONS

PORTPUS                                                                             SUPPORT

CESSUSC                                                                              SUCCESS

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The Global Woman Center Has Support Group Sessions

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Important Contacts in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to Keep Handy

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation               703-818-3787

National Child Abuse Hotline                              800-422-4453

Fairfax County Office for Women                       703-324-5730

Virginia Crime Victim Assistance                        888-887-3418

Montgomery County Abused Persons Program   240-777-4673 (24 hours)

Prince Georges County Sexual Assault                301-618-3154

Prince Georges County Child Advocacy Center  301-909-2089

Baltimore City Child Abuse Center                     410-396-6147

Frederick County Child Advocacy Center           301-600-1758

Howard County Listening Place                           410-313-2630

Washington County Child Advocacy Center       240-420-4308

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police            202-727-9099

Alexandria Victim/Witness Program                    703-746-4100

Arlington County Victim/Witness Program         703-228-7273

Loudon County Victim Witness Program             703-777-0417

Prince William County Victim/Witness               703-392-7083

Attention: The U.S. government opposes FGM/C, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM/C to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse. It is against the law to perform FGM/C in the United States on a girl under the age of 18 or to send or attempt to send her outside the United States so FGM/C can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM/C on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM/C on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.