Wadi: Germian Region in Iraqi Kurdistan is free of Female Genital Mutilation

Germian, Wadi's conference to declare that Germian is free of FMG, February 6, 2020. Photo: KirkukNow

KirkukNow- Kalar

German Wadi Organization announced that Germian region in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is free of female genital mutilation (FGM) after years of spreading awareness.

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, in the Kalar district under Kurdistan Region’s Germian administration, Wadi organization with the help of Netherland Consulate arranged a conference on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FMG in which they announced that Germian region is free of FGM.

Based on their statistics, in 2019, no cases of FMG was recorded in Germain, however, 161 and 162 cases were recorded in Erbil and Ranya, respectively.  

In 2018, 29 cases were recorded in the Gemian Region.

Wadi launched Stop FMG campaign in Germian and some other areas in 2015.

Iman Nuri, a member of a Wadi mobile team in Germian, said, “Wadi efforts to combat FMG has continued for 15 years in Germian, Erbil, Halabja, and Ranya and now Germian is free of FMG.”

Wadi helps any villages or areas free of FMG with services and projects that are in its capacity.

“It is a historic and happy day for all people of Germian because they are pioneer in zeroing FMG. This is an achievement and an honor. We hope that the other areas will take the same step,” Iman added.

Iman mentioned that After declaring that Germian is free of FMG, Wadi’s further efforts will be working on eliminating the effects of FMG and the issues that emerges from it.

Ending FMG in Ranya, Erbil and Halabja will be another project that the organization will work on in the future with the support of Netherland Consulate in Erbil.

Kurdistan Region’s parliament law number 8 of 2011 is helpful to end FMG as it bans it and sets punishment for it.

KirkukNow is a partner of Wade which was found in 1992 as an NGO to offer many kinds of practical help in their projects including education and training for women, public awareness of and fight against domestic violence as well as campaigns against FGM.

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