FGM Too Much Pain: The Voices of Refugee Women (Heinz Leitner)

Veröffentlicht am 07.03.2014

In Part 1, refugee women talk about why they had to flee because of their commitment to end the practice of FGM.

„Too Much Pain: The Voices of Refugee Women“ tells the stories of refugee women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and are engaged to end this practice.

These women explain their experiences of flight, asylum and integration in the EU.

The six-part series produced by the UN Refugee Agency (http://www.unhcr.org/) can be used as a training tool on FGM in the asylum system, and to raise awareness on FGM and asylum in wider audiences.

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health and physical integrity; the right to be free from torture and other rights. FGM is harmful not cultural; it has life-long consequences and can be a ground for asylum.

It complements the UNHCR publication „Too Much Pain: Female Genital Mutilation & Asylum in the European Union – A Statistical Overview“ (http://www.unhcr.org/531880249.pdf) updated in March 2014.

For more information see http://www.refworld.org/docid/512c72e….

Look also: The fight against FGM of Waris Dirie