After years of suffering silently, women from India’s Dawoodi Bohra community has taken it upon themselves to end a practice that has haunted them for generations, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
They have also started a month-long campaign ‘Each One Reach One’ in collaboration with Speak Out on FGM. The initiative kicks off on February 6 which is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and will go on until March 8 on International Women’s Day.
“The basic idea behind it is that the sexuality of a girl/woman has to be controlled by the man. It perpetuates the idea that women’s bodies have to be altered, their sexuality has to be curbed, she should be denied the right to love, and the right to enjoy sex or even have an orgasm,” Masooma Ranalvi a 49-year-old publisher who herself was a victim of the practice as a 7-year-old told The Huffington Post.