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In the Name of Tradition

Female Genital Mutilation in Iran
In the Name of Tradition

Gallery

  • bibi from Qesham Island- South of Iran( women cutters/ those who perform FGM on girls) photo by: sh Telenda
  • seminar on FGM in national library in Tehran- 2015 and lunching of - farsi version-" in the name of tradition"
  • Religious schools for boys- south if Iran 2014 photo by sh Telanda
  • lobbying with community leaders during FGM fieldwork 2013- Kurdish areas in West Azerbijan province photo: kameel Ahmady
  • Wedding in Qesham Island, Hormozgan province 2012- photo: Sh Telanda
  • awareness rasisng and interviewing locals during fieldwork. Kermansha province 2011 photo: kameel Ahmady
  • awareness rasisng and interviewing locals during fieldwork. Kermansha province 2011 photo: kameel Ahmady
  • awareness rasisng and interviewing locals during fieldwork. Kermansha province 2011 photo: kameel Ahmady
  • awareness rasisng and interviewing locals during fieldwork. Kurdistan province 2010 photo: kameel Ahmady
  • Wining of honour award for FGM and ECM ( early child marriage in Iran)  by IKWRA in law university of London 2016- photo: Sarah Smith
  • his photo shows the banner announcing the ‘BanFGM’ Conference, Rome, Italy. 30-31 January 2017. It depicts UnCUT/VOICES’ first author, Khady … with the same photo used on the cover of Blood Stains. A Child of Africa Reclaims Her Human Rights. Khady is in
  • Another photo of Kameel launching his book at the University of Oxford on 10 October 2016.
  • Another photo of Kameel launching his book at the University of Oxford on 10 October 2016.
  • Relaxing at the Cotswold Lodge after the book launch in Oxford, left to right: Kameel Ahmady, Comfort Ottah, Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Nolan Victory and Haldi Shehan.
  • Attending Kameel’s book launch at Oxford: Shirley Ardener, Tobe Levin, Comfort Ottah
  • Author Kameel Ahmady Meeting with Lorraine Koonce Farahmand and Tobe Levin von Gleichen in Geneva at the Human Rights Council Inter-African Committee FGM Conference. Geneva. 11 May 2016.
  • Here’s one more from Geneva I’d like to Feature. Left to Right: Kameel Ahmady, Godfrey Williams-Okorodus, Holger Postulart, Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Elizabeth Wilson, and Edna Adan Ismail.
  • Kameel Ahmady at University of Oxford March 10, 2017
by Kameel Ahmady
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When Kameel Ahmady, an aid worker in Africa, first encountered FGM, little did he suspect the discovery awaiting him on return to his native Iran. His own “grandmother, mother and sister had all undergone FGM,” he learned and was inspired to find out more. This pioneering volume shares evidence gathered in 4000 interviews conducted over ten years in the provinces of Hormozgan, West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah and Kurdistan to outline the scope of the practice, and although the central government is loath to intervene, Ahmady moves from description to prescription. He suggests a course of action to prevent this grievous human rights abuse. As Hilary Burrage notes, “No more can it be said that genital ablation is a problem in Africa alone. Ahmady and his colleagues have uncovered data critical to stopping a harmful tradition in Iran. Enhanced with photographs, tables and charts, Ahmady’s study offers insight into the challenges faced by Iranian authorities if women and girls are to remain intact. Based on solid scholarship, this book contributes to ending FGM.”


On October 10th, 2016, In the Name of Tradition. Female Genital Mutilation in Iran (Frankfurt am Main: UnCUT/VOICES Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-9813863-7-0) was launched by the author at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, from 2-5 p.m. in the Deneke Room under the auspices of Dr Tobe Levin in cooperation with the International Gender Studies Centre. The custom, a longstanding ritual locally called sunnet, that violates numerous aspects of women’s sexual rights, prevails in four provinces: Western Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Hormozgan. By bringing the issue to the world’s agenda, Ahmady’s monograph provides in-depth data and, at the same time, offers ideas for a comprehensive programme to combat the custom, little known to most Iranians outside the areas of prevalence.


The AfterWords by Tobe Levin and Hilary Burrage


Achievements of Kameel Ahmady. In the Name of Tradition. Female Genital Mutilation in Iran.

What Our Readers Say

  • „No more can it be said that genital ablation is a problem in Africa alone. Ahmady and his colleagues have uncovered data critical to stopping a harmful tradition in Iran. Enhanced with photographs, tables and charts, Ahmady’s study offers insight into the challenges faced by Iranian authorities if women and girls are to remain intact. Based on solid scholarship, this book contributes to ending FGM.”
    -Hilary Burrage, 2017

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