Kalyanamitra Recalls the Government's Commitment to Eliminate the FGM in Indonesia


Kalyanamitra Recalls the Government's Commitment to Eliminate the FGM in Indonesia

Jakarta, 06 February 2020 – Every 6th of February commemorated as International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Through this momentum, Kalyanamitra recalls the government's commitment and responsibility towards eliminating the practice of FGM in Indonesia.

Listyowati, Chairperson of Kalyanamitra said that the government should do massive action to eliminate the practices of FGM in Indonesia by making strict policies, programs, and budget allocation. Education and raising public awareness of the risks of FGM practices need to be done comprehensively by involving stakeholders.

Globally, around 200 million girls estimated have experienced FGM in various types. In Indonesia, based on the data of RISKESDAS 2013 (Basic Health Research) showed that 51.2% of girls aged 0-11 have undergone circumcision, 72.4% performed to girls at the age of 1-5 months, 13.9% at the age of 1-4 years, and 3.3% at the age of 5-11 years.

The practice of FGM in Indonesia generally undergone for tradition that has been carried down from generation to generation and because of interpretation of religious teachings which believe that female circumcision is obligatory to be performed for the good sake and benefits for women. Whereas, medically very dangerous and has high risks of causing physical and psychological health problems. Besides, the beliefs that are built and carried in the practices are a form of control over women's autonomy and sexuality.

Indonesia has been bound to several commitments at the national and international levels, such as Law No. 7 of 1984 concerning Ratification of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Law No. 35 of 2014 concerning Amendments to Law No. 23 of 2002 concerning Child Protection, Regulation of Government of Republic of Indonesia No. 61 of 2014 concerning Reproductive Health, and international commitments such as CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), CRC, ICCPR, SDGs, etc. Therefore the Indonesian government has the responsibility to eliminate all forms of female circumcision practices that are acts of discrimination and violence against women.

Kalyanamitra has been fighting for almost 35 years for the respect and fulfillment of women's rights, and still stand up in the position against all forms of FGM practices, both the symbolic and non-symbolic, which caused physical and non-physical harm. In commemoration of the Zero International Day of Tolerance Against Female Circumcision 2020, Kalyanamitra urged the government to take serious action to eliminate various practices of FGM in the community. It will in line with the government's spirit to achieve Indonesia Unggul in 2045 with the golden generation that is free from all forms of discrimination and violence, including free from the harmful practices of FGM.

Listyowati (Chairperson of Kalyanamitra)


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