Conference on Religion and FGM,
Early and Forced Marriage in
estimated 130 million women in
health consequences of FGM are both immediate and life-long including
haemorrhage, trauma, and infections, including HIV/AIDS. In fact FGM is
one of the main health hazards that has significantly contributed to a
very high maternal mortality rate in
Islam is often
incorrectly cited as a justification for female genital mutilation (FGM).
According to the official reading of Muslim theologians, the circumcision
of girls and women is not mentioned in the Quran and cannot be attributed
to either the Sunni or Shiite traditions. In order to emphasise this,
theologians cite Islam’s conception of health as a gift of God, the
principle of physical integrity as well as respect for human beings of
both sexes, who were created complete by God. The Muslim population in
The Hadiths are based on statements or actions attributed to the prophet Mohammed as well as ways of behaving and acting, which were approved by him.
the other hand, Early and Forced Marriage constitutes multiple abuses of
girl’s human rights. Normally hidden under the socially sanctioned cloak
of marriage, underage girls are deprived of their personal freedom, forced
into non-consensual sex, exploitation of their labour and diminution of
their education development and individual life choices. In some societies
Egyptian Centre for Women Rights (
conference is part of the East Africa Four Literacies Programme www.fourliteracies.org contribution to
the effort of eradication of the FGM and Early and Forced Marriage practice in
venue will be Cairotel Hotel in
To create a forum of exchange and learning between religious leaders, scholars and thinkers, NGO, civil society, AU, UN, so as to examine analyses and develop a common understanding of religion on female circumcision and early and forced marriage.
· To identify the views of Islam on women violation (physical psychological, social and developmental in general).
· To critically examine the interpretation of hadith and FGM, early and forced marriage.
· Reach a consensus on religious perspectives on FGM, early and forced marriage.
· To develop a mutual understanding of the role of religious leaders in the eradication of FGM, early and forced marriage
A common understanding of religious views on FGM and a common action plan aimed at mobilising the support of religious leaders in eradication of FGM, early and forced marriage and drawing up of advocacy plans to tackle the issues.
will be invited from
The Steering Committee:
health and Family Support
· WOMANKIND Worldwide (U.K)
The steering committee responsibilities:
· Preparation and implementation.
· Follow-up the preparation and the production of the forum proceedings document.
· Production of a report on the forum discussion to be distributed locally, regionally and international
Thematic focus and presentations
· Religion (Religious views and interpretation of hadith)
· Human rights and legal aspects (Rights and legal protection)
A reference document for religious leaders of the conference that will be distributed locally, regionally and internationally