Uthema

Uthema is a Maldivian NGO registered in 2016 with the Ministry of Home Affairs to advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment in the Maldives. Uthema seeks to understand the lived experiences of women in the Maldives and use that knowledge to advocate for positive change to improve the lives of women. We have a particular interest in research, knowledge building and sharing as well as creating constructive conversations on the status of women in the Maldives. Connect with us on : Twitter @Uthema_MV Instagram Uthema_MV Let's start a conversation!
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 11, 2020 at 7:04am
More than 200 million girls & women alive today have undergone #FGM,with 3 million more are at risk every yr. Let’s work to eradicate the practice of FGM in Maldives. Our girls & women deserve to grow up free from harmful practices that endanger their health & well-being
#EndFGM
#EndFGC
#ZerotolerancetoFGM
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 11, 2020 at 7:02am
13% of women (15-49) in Maldives have undergone cirumcision, of these women, 83% were subjected to this practice before the age of 5.
Girls are also more likely to be subjected to it if their mothers also underwent circumcision. Source: Maldives Demographic & Health Survey 2016-17
#EndFGC
#EndFGM
#ZerotolerancetoFGM
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 10, 2020 at 2:40pm
Female Genital Mutilation was practiced in pre-islamic Egypt. It was carried out to weaken & lessen women’s sexual desires. Normally only slave women used to be subjected to #FGM. Today, FGM has been proven to be severely harmful to women & girls and prohibited in many countries.

In recent yrs the prevalence of #FGM has fallen in countries where its common. FGM is no longer viewed as religiously mandated, with these communities realising how harmful it is. In 2016 Egypt passed a law stiffening the punishment for “female khitan”.

#ZerotolerancetoFGM/FGC
#EndFGM
#EndFGC
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 9, 2020 at 10:29am
The Prophet Muhammed PBUH didn't subject his daughters & wives to any form of Female Genital Mutilation. There's no Qur’anic or Prophetic evidence prescribing #FGM upon Muslims. Islam does NOT mandate FGM, or any practice that causes harm to a person’s health & dignity.

FGM is a cultural practice that predates islam with no evidence that supports it in the Quran. Institutions of Muslim scholars including Dar al-Ifta in Egypt have issued strong fatwas condemning FGM as harmful to girls & women, forbidding it as an un-Islamic practice.

Dar al-Ifta al Misriyyah (which is among the pillars of the religious foundations in Egypt) declared all forms of FGM to be religiously forbidden. And that banning FGM should be a religious duty of all Muslim countries due to its harmful effects on the body.

#EndFGM
#EndFGC
#ZeroToleranceforFGM
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 8, 2020 at 4:46pm
"Advocates for abolition of female circumcision say it has no medical benefit for women nor religious basis."

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/malaysia-anti-fgm-advocates-leave-bodies-200206011506826.html
Uthema
UthemaFebruary 8, 2020 at 4:31pm
ނިޒާމީ ނުކުތާ: އިޖްތިމާއީ ޚިދުމަތްތައް ފޯރުކުރަން ބަޖެޓު ނެތިގެން އުޅެނީ ކީއްވެ؟

https://cnm.mv/news/4735

#1BillionRising 2020main event at social center. join us to rise against gender-based violence. @hrcmv @fpa_maldives @SHE_Maldives @GirlGuidesMv
#RiseResistUnite #HFW_OBR2020

#DidYouKnow that 21% of young women (20-24 year olds) around the world were child brides?

This is a violation of their human rights.🚫 Educate yourself and empower our girls and boys. Say #IDONT and learn more: https://www.unfpa.org/child-marriage-frequently-asked-quest…

#ENDChildMarriage #GirlsNotBrides 🙅‍♀️❌🙅‍♂️

This Valentine’s Day, we want everyone to prioritize the call to #ENDChildMarriage around the world.

This is unfortunately prevalent in our society as well. Help girls and boys around the world say #IDONT and bring an end to child marriage.

Learn more: https://www.unfpa.org/child-marriage

Let’s talk about Condoms!

Happy #WorldCondomDay! In case you weren’t aware, it is an actual day.

Condoms ensure that people have dual protection. So, make sure to use condoms, because safety never goes out of style. 👍

It's CEDAW Season! For the 75th CEDAW Session Musawah has submitted thematic reports on Article 16 (marriage & family) for Pakistan & Afghanistan. Over the next two weeks we will be live tweeting the public CEDAW sessions for both countries. Follow #CEDAW75 for updates.

In Pakistan, the minimum age of marriage is not uniform across the country & also differs according to gender & religious belief. An exception remains for Muslim girls outside Sindh (16 years). #RaiseTheAge #EndChildMarriage #CEDAW75 #CEDAWPakistan https://www.musawah.org/resources/musawah-thematic-report-pakistan-cedaw75-2020/

Pakistan must enact legislation raising the minimum age to 18 without exceptions and for this standard minimum age of marriage to apply uniformly across all religious groups and provinces in Pakistan. #RaiseTheAge #EndChildMarriage #CEDAW75 #CEDAWPakistan

#CEDAWPakistan It is a concern that attempts by progressive legislators to introduce a Bill raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 was rejected by conservative religious groups. #RaiseTheAge #EndChildMarriage #CEDAW75 https://www.musawah.org/resources/musawah-thematic-report-pakistan-cedaw75-2020/

Bridging the gender gap in STEM is vital to a better future, yet #WomenInScience continue to be underrepresented, undervalued & discriminated.

Change begins now, with #GenerationEquality.

"On this International Day of Women & Girls in Science, let us harness the power of innovation and tech as drivers of change, and work together to empower all women and girls across the science fields." - @phumzileunwomen

Full statement: http://unwo.men/S0mF50yiPs6 #WomenInScience

We cannot afford to stay silent in the face of systematic barriers & long-standing biases that continue to prevent girls from becoming #WomenInScience.

13% of women (15-49) in Maldives have undergone cirumcision, of these women, 83% were subjected to this practice before the age of 5.
Girls are also more likely to be subjected to it if their mothers also underwent circumcision. Source: DHS2016/17 @MoHmv
#EndFGC #EndFGM

FGM was practiced in pre-islamic Egypt. It was carried out to weaken & lessen women’s sexual desires. Normally only slave women used to be subjected to #FGM. Today, FGM has been proven to be severely harmful to women & girls and prohibited in many countries #EndFGM/FGC

We want more films:
✍️written by women
🎬directed by women
📽️produced by women
👩‍🎤featuring women
🎞️about women
We want a gender-equal media industry! #Oscars

NGO Coordination Meeting for NGOs’ strategic advocacy engagement at the 75th CEDAW Session. NGO statements are being finalised for the NGO Oral Statement Session.
#CEDAW75 #SRHR4All

The Prophet Muhammed PBUH didn't subject his daughters & wives to any form of Female Genital Mutilation. There's no Qur’anic or Prophetic evidence prescribing #FGM upon Muslims. Islam does NOT mandate FGM, or any practice that causes harm to a person’s health & dignity.#EndFGM

"Advocates for abolition of female circumcision say it has no medical benefit for women nor religious basis."

#EndFGM #EndFGC
#ZeroToleranceforFGM
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/malaysia-anti-fgm-advocates-leave-bodies-200206011506826.html

Nizaamee Nukthaa: Ijthimaaee hidhumaiy thah foaru kuran budget nethigen ulhenee keevve? https://cnm.mv/news/4735

FGM can cause severe health consequences including haemorrhaging, sepsis, infertility, increased risk of maternal morbidity, recurrent bladder & urinary tract infections & death. @WHO considers #FGM as a violation of the #HumanRights of girls & women.
#ZeroToleranceOnFGM

#FGM violates girls & womens right to health, security and physical integrity and the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death. #EndFGC #EndFGM #ActionToEndFGMC #ZeroToleranceOnFGM

#FGM Type 4: includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterising the genital area. 4/4 #EndFGC #EndFGM #ActionToEndFGMC #ZeroToleranceOnFGM

FGM Type 3: #Infibulation, is the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting & repositioning the labia minora, or labia majora, sometimes through stitching, with or without removal of the clitoris (clitoridectomy).

FGM Type 2: #Excision, this is the partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva ).
#ZeroToleranceOnFGM

FGM Type 1: Partial/total removal of the clitoral glans (external & visible part of the clitoris, a sensitive part of the female genitals, with the function of providing sexual pleasure to the woman), &/or the prepuce/clitoral hood (fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans)

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