No Basis For Banning Female Circumcision

The International Women’s Alliance for Family Institution and Quality Education (WAFIQ) wishes to clarify several facts concerning female circumcision (FC), which was recently discussed in the launching of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) shadow report by a group of women’s NGOs. But first, it is refreshing to note that the panellists had used the term FC instead of female genitalia mutilation (FGM) – which the Cedaw committee once mistakenly believed was practised in Malaysia. It must be stressed that there is a huge difference between FGM and FC under the Shafii school of Islamic jurisprudence.

By : Assc Prof. Dr. Rafidah Hanim Binti Mokhtar President of WAFIQ which also Vice President of I-MEDIK