Fighting FGM: Giving Women the Agency Back Over Their Own Bodies

Our today’s event is in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, which is observed around the globe on February 6th every year.

For thousands of years, patriarchy has been trying to control women, their sexuality in many different ways. At times, in the name of religion, other times, in the name of family honour or traditions.
FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation is one such attempt to literally curb women’s sexuality out of their bodies.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health, and integrity of girls and women. We, WCI, condemn this barbaric act and demand an immediate end to this.

Our panelists:

Dr. Halida Hanum Akhter, a Global Health Expert, Reproductive Health Epidemiologist and a winner of the United Nations Population award with an international career that also spans over three decades.
She is a faculty member at the Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Maryland.

Jamila Said Musse has been working to fight FGM for over three decades now. Her work has made a significant difference in Somalia, Sweden and worldwide. She became Director-General of the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs as well as Vice-Minister of the same ministry in Somalia. She also has extensive experience working with civil society as well as international organizations.


Auregan Le Gal, has been working on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence issues for the past six years. She started working as a volunteer on the issue of FGM for Federation GAMS, a French organization dedicated to helping people affected by FGM, forced marriages and other harmful traditional practices.
She has been working on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence issues for the past six years.

Moderator is Shumu Haque from WCI.

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