Religion & FGM

We have the pleasure to announce the launch of a new debate on the theme of:


Religion is often the first answer given when people are asked why they practice FGM – but this link between FGM and religion is it founded?  Why is FGM still practiced in the name of religions that do not impose it? How can we deconstruct the ideas around FGM and religion in our work towards the abandonment of FGM?

To support the debate, we drafted a thematic note containing information on the supposed link between religion and FGM, as well as resources and questions to inform the debate. We invite everyone interested in the subject to read this note :

Two expert on the subject will contribute to the debate : the Imam Moussé Fall, coordinator of the Islam and Population Network from Senegal, an active network in the fight against FGM, especially through awareness-raising activities of religious leaders ; and the scholar and activist Maryam Sheikh Abdi’s who wrote a report of the Population Council « Delinking Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting from Islam » and the study « A Religious Oriented Approach to Addressing FGM/C among the Somali Community of Wajir, Kenya», availables on the thematic note.

How to participate in the debate ?

If you want to participate in the debate, and you are already a member of the CoP FGM, all you need to do is log onto the email on which you receive the emails from the CoP FGM google group, and share your thoughts with the rest of the group on this adress :

If you are not yet a member of the CoP, you just have to fill this registration form.

We hope that this new thematic discussion will be enriching, and we are looking forward to hearing everyone’s ideas and experiences ! 

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