Sahiyo and WeSpeakOut are organisations dedicated to empowering Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). We Speak Out conducted a study on FGM/C for the first time in India and found that 75% of the Bohra community follow this practice.
The practice of FGM/C as practiced by the Bohra community involves the removal of the clitoral hood or the clitoris. This is usually done when the girl child is seven years old. For centuries, this practice was carried out in secret, and speaking about it openly was taboo. This practice has no known health benefits. On the contrary, it damages healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. By working towards ending FGM/C, these organisations aim to recognize and emphasize the values of consent and a child’s or woman’s right over her own body.
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