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Religious Leaders Against Female Genital Mutilation

Published fredag 9 december 2005 kl 11.56

A number of religious leaders in Sweden for the first time jointly rejected female genital mutilation.

Representatives from the Swedish Council of Imams, the Coptic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Christian Council of Sweden, and other denominations have signed the document, which also supports the national action plan against female genital mutilation.

According to the National Board of Health and Welfare, only in Denmark have religious leaders united in this way on the issue.

Speaking to the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” a leading imam termed the practice barbaric, and said it has nothing to do with Islam.

According to a new report from the United Nations children’s organization UNICEF, female genital mutilation is practiced in 28 countries, mostly in Africa but some in the Middle East. Around 130 million women have been forced to undergo the procedure.

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