Violence Against Women
“There are many discussions going on over the use of virginity tests and punishing women for moral crimes. Although it is known that both are human rights violations, they are being practiced in Afghanistan,” says Najia Karimi, Executive Director of the DDA partner organization Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan.
Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). But in Somalia, 98% of girls have been subjected to FGM. Many of these girls will lose their lives as a result – from hemorrhage, infection, or later in life during childbirth.
Our partner Hawa Aden, director of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD), is risking everything to end female genital mutilation in Somalia
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We mourn the passing of Efua Dorkenoo, a shining light in the campaign to end female genital mutilation. Efua was the first to talk about FGM as a human rights violation at the UN in the 1970s. She was a visionary, at home on the front lines of grassroots activism and a force to be reckoned with in the halls of the World Health Organization. Wherever she was, Efua always used her creative energy to mobilize strategic and effective action. She was honored for her work by the Queen of England, who bestowed the Order of the British Empire on her. Efua built a global movement. We must honor her and her work by carrying it forward.
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With great sadness, we want to share with you the following news from Hawa Aden Mohamed, director of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD), our partner organization working to stop female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. Hawa writes:
“The biggest fear we have right now is reconcilliation with the Taliban,” says Ghaffar. “Will women play a role in these discussions? Will women’s rights be part of the negotiations?”