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Stop FGM in Indonesia ! PLEASE SIGN ! !


Society & Culture  (tags: humans, women, girls, FGM, protection, suffering )

Cher
- 269 days ago - secure.avaaz.org
In Indonesia, 2 million girls have their clitoris cut every year. The government has signed international conventions banning it, but the cruel practice continues. It'll take a massive outcry to stop girls being mutilated -- together we can do it!



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AniMae Chi (432)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 5:36 am
Thanks for signing -- your name has been added to this petition!.
68 signers
 

Mary T. (321)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 5:41 am
Thank you Cher - signed and noted
 

Kerstin Strobl (370)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 5:45 am
signed
 

Joe R. (190)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:04 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.
 

Natasha Salgado (576)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:12 am
Done-thx Cher
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:41 am
S&N
 

Julie E. (371)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:43 am
Noted and signed.
 

Maria S. (95)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:46 am
Thanks for signing -- your name has been added to this petition!.
Thanks Cher!
 

Ted W. (103)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:50 am
Noted and signed! Thanks C her!! :)
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 8:14 am
done
 

Maica AWAY ALOT B. (91)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 9:52 am
S & N - This happens in Africa too due to ignorance and superstition. Please pray for these young girls.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 10:21 am
This should be banned EVERYWHERE!
 

Monica T. (294)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 11:09 am
Pessimistic, but nonetheless noted and signed. Thanks, Cher!
 

Danny M. (90)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 11:11 am
Signed.
 

Autumn S. (154)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 11:50 am
Thanks for signing -- your name has been added to this petition!.
 

gabriele jefferson (148)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 12:48 pm
noted,signed,shared
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
signed & noted
 

Jane H. (138)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:02 pm
done
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:15 pm
Signed!!!!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:17 pm
signed
 

norma laborie (33)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:57 pm
signed
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 3:14 pm
Signed.
 

Henrik Thorsen (28)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 3:25 pm
Signed.
 

Ed V. (189)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 3:37 pm
S&N, Thanks
 

Barb Knight (1681)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 3:38 pm
SO SIGNED!!! Thnx Cher!!
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 5:03 pm
just now Terrie Williams, United States of America SSN
 

GabeeAWAY Baldaia (103)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:17 pm
I hope we can do it !!! Barbaric practices !!
Signed !
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:52 pm
Signed and Noted. Thanks Cher. This has to be stopped, it is terrible to subject little girls to this.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 9:51 pm
Circumcision is the wrong word. Removing the foreskin on a male's penis is nothing compared to this barbarism.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
noted, signed
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 10:57 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Cher
 

Marie W. (67)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 11:50 pm
S&N
 

Victoria Oakey (126)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 1:28 am
Sadly noted and signed and sent to friends. Ty for the information and the chance to sign this important petition.
 

Dimitris Dallis (2)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 2:48 am
We should be millions on this!
 

A F. (132)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 3:11 am
done thanks
 

Beth S. (334)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 3:38 am
Signed and noted. And this is supposed to be a "moderate and tolerant" Islamic nation.
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 5:09 am
S+N
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:29 am
Every time I see one of these petitions I sign it and post it. What a barbaric custom.
 

Winn Adams (203)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:23 am
Signed - This is horrible. I always sign these kinds of petitions. I hope someday there won't be a need to do it because it's ended.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 2:47 pm
signed
 

Mariette G. (151)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 3:19 pm
Soooo signed! Thanks Cher!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 5:13 pm
gladly signed
 

. (0)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:52 pm
arigato
 

Tom Sullivan (98)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 8:01 pm
S & N such a cruel thing to do to these girls,
 

Dan Nickerson (180)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 11:15 pm
Unnecessary mutilation is right. Petition signed!
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 12:24 am
noted and signed
 

Faye Swan (23)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 12:50 am
Signed, noted and shared! Thank you
 

Bridget Robertson (106)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 2:03 am
Signed and noted. Thank you.
 

Ana R (220)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 2:32 am
Done.
Thank you, Cher!
 

Nils Anders Lunde (551)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 4:31 am
N&S
 

Barbara V. (183)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 4:40 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you
 

Jordan G. (29)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:29 am
S&N. See also http://clitoraid.org/ to help more. (No, it's not a prurient joke.)
 

Daniel Colombo (26)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:46 am
S & N
 

Marianne R. (110)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 6:41 am
S&N - Thanks Cher and Laurence for forwarding
 

Sarah Baker (47)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 7:55 am
Signed & noted, thank you!
 

Anette S. (23)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 10:03 am
done
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 10:30 am
Signed without ANY expectation that it'll work!
 

Aaron Bouchard (143)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 11:41 am
signed and noted thanks
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 3:36 pm

I have signed and circulated this petition although something is totally wrong with the figure of 2 Mio girls circumcised per year in Indonesia alone. Their population growth is estimated to be 2.4 Mio for 2014. I wonder if the petition author can rectify and correct the numbers?

The yearly figure worldwide of all forms of circumcisions (Type I – IV) is approx. 2,5 Mio per year.

To those of us who are actively involved on the ground in the fight against FGM the German organization TARGET, founded by Annette and Rüdiger Nehberg, is well known for its pioneering field work which is astonishingly successful.

Those who don’t know the organization are invited to browse their website: http://www.target-human-rights.com/HP-02_target/u1-2_ueberTarget/index.php.

FGM is practiced in predominantly African countries (among Christians, Muslims and others), among the Jews of “Beta Israel” (Ethiopian Jews), as well as in 4 Arabic Muslim/Christian countries. The absolute majorities of Christian as well as Muslim countries DON’T know and/or practice FGM; equally it is not found in Israel or among the world Jewry. There are no data available if the practice has been meantime eradicated among the people of Beta Israel who live now in Israel. There are reports that certain indigenous people in Central and South America are practicing FGM but unfortunately there is only little information available.

Peru, a Christian country in South America, knows among certain tribes a custom called “Introcision”. Introcision is nothing else but the medical expression for splitting the perineum in order to create a common anal-vaginal opening in order to facilitate intercourse with young girls. I assume there is no need to dwell on the medical implications thereof.

As for the spread of FGM in Indonesia – acc. to AI, UNICEF and WHO it is rare in worldwide comparison (which doesn’t make it any better!). In those regions in Indonesia where female “circumcision” is practiced it is normally a prick with a needle, enough to produce a drop of blood and is performed on babies. This notwithstanding, Prof Dr Chuzaimah T Yanggo (a women!!), the head of the Youth and Women's section of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (counsel of the clergies) stated that there was a right way, and several wrong ways, to carry out "circumicision" on girls. According to her “the right way is to open the upper part, the hood of the clitoris, a little, by making a small cut, while the wrong ways involved cutting off the whole organ or making substantial cuts, and these are forbidden”.

Such statement coming from a woman is just … not to be understood! But at least they don’t have the more severe forms as in African countries.

With respect to the unabated insistence that FGM is an Islamic obligation / practice let me just repeat for the records – it has been clearly and in unequivocal terms criminalized on various occasions by the highest Islamic Authority (Al Azhar) as well as by other Islamic scholars.

The most forceful Fatwa was by Prof. Ali Goma, Grand Mufti of Egypt, November 2006
http://www.target-human-rights.com/HP-08_fatwa/index.php?p=fatwaAzhar followed by a number of others.

All FGM related Ahadith that are allegedly attributed to Prophet Muhammad have been proven to be not authentic.

Point 7 of the above referenced religious ruling states: “The conference calls on the legislative organs to pass a law, which bans the practice of this gruesome custom and declares it a crime, irrespective of whether this concerns the perpetrator or the initiator.”

 

Laetitia nomailplz (171)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 4:01 pm
S-N
 

Angela J. (64)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:02 pm
Thank you.
 

Angeles Madrazo (293)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:33 pm
Signed!
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 5:56 pm
Please sign this petition. So far there are only 382 signatures. This is a horrendous act and needs to be stopped.
 

jess b (24)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 6:27 pm
signed ty
 

Shirley B. (5)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 7:52 pm
#389 N&S
 

anonymous X. (93)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 8:38 pm
Thanks Cher and Laurence for forwarding
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 9:17 pm
this is horrifying to me and although its their culture it can leave lifetime scars and I believe it should be banned as inhumane
 

LMj Sunshine (142)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 10:11 pm
So Signed!!! Heartwrenching...
 

Simon Validzic (248)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 10:16 pm
Noted and "signed".
 

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 11:51 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Panchali Yapa (14)
Friday March 28, 2014, 2:31 am
Thank you
 

Sabine H. (176)
Friday March 28, 2014, 5:10 am
DONE
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 28, 2014, 8:35 am
Signed, thanks Cher.
 

Clare M. (80)
Friday March 28, 2014, 11:21 am
This is so disgusting words fail me. How about all the men who carry out this barbaric act have their penises cut off. After all, it is them that cannot control themselves.
 

Lona Goudswaard (79)
Friday March 28, 2014, 1:14 pm
S&N
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Friday March 28, 2014, 1:19 pm
signed and noted
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Friday March 28, 2014, 1:51 pm
done, tks
 

Mandi T. (431)
Friday March 28, 2014, 3:19 pm
Thanks for signing -- your name has been added to this petition!.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Friday March 28, 2014, 8:38 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher.
 

Roman Klevets (1)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 1:25 am
Signed.
 

Ondine J. (138)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 3:51 am
Noted and signed, thanks Cher
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 5:35 am
Signed and noted, thanks.
 

Panchali Yapa (14)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 6:09 am
Thank you
 

Connie B. (14)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 1:08 pm
signed! thank you!
 

barb horban (46)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 2:53 pm
Reprehensible! Signed noted shared
 

Lynn C. (94)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 8:37 pm
Signed
 

Walter F. (77)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 12:44 am
Signed Cher. As Hartson stated tfiis not circumcision it is genital mutilation.The equivalent on a male could be castration/
 

Franck R. (54)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 2:01 am
Noted & Signed
 

Apolonia Pl (399)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 6:28 am
N&Signed!...OF COURSE!!!
 

Rhonda B. (114)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 7:29 am
Noted & Signed. Thank you.
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 3:12 pm
Signed. TY, Cher.
 

Evelyn B. (79)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 7:46 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Cher.....
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday March 31, 2014, 2:24 am
noted signed facebook

Thank you for the opportunity to sign.
 

Helmut H. (28)
Monday March 31, 2014, 8:57 am
Noted & signed, thanks Cher!
 

James N. (25)
Monday March 31, 2014, 9:48 am
s&n. thx!
 

Dayanna Hillier (21)
Monday March 31, 2014, 3:22 pm
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CULTURE, TRADITION OR RELIGION. IT IS TORTURE AND A CRIME.

30 seconds ago

Dayanna Hillier, United Kingdom
 

Christine Stewart (133)
Monday March 31, 2014, 3:54 pm
Signed.
 

Nikki B. (129)
Monday March 31, 2014, 7:32 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Cher.
 

Elisa F. (240)
Monday March 31, 2014, 10:40 pm
N&S. Thanks, Cher.
 

Suheyla C. (226)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:20 am
Signed Thanks
 

Val M. (74)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 2:01 am
N&S. "650 signers. Let's reach 750."
 

Jane H. (138)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 11:17 am
TY signed and noted
 

Luis Gerardo (12)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:19 pm
Signed
 

benson gitonga (102)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 1:13 pm
too sad!
 

Michela m. (3955)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 1:24 pm
S&N
 

Erin R. (173)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 3:25 pm
n & s
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 6:22 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Jamie Clemons (283)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 1:22 pm
End FGM and also end MGM otherwise known as circumcision a barbaric and unecessary practice. End them both.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 11:18 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Cher
 

Colin Hope (243)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 2:17 am
Absolutely signed!!
 
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