Women and girls in Iraq risk forced circumcisionListen /
Up to four million women in parts of northern Iraq controlled by the militant group ISIS face the risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, according to United Nations officials in Iraq.
The militant group is reported to have issued an order requiring women in Mosul undergo FGM.
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock, says the decree was unprecedented as FGM was not practiced in Iraq.
FGM also known as female circumcision is a procedures that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution banning the practice of female genital mutilation declaring it a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
“FGM is not so prevalent in Iraq. There have been documented cases here in the Kurdistan region. UNFPA estimates that up to 4 million girls and women could be affected by this new fatwa. This is not the will of the Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists.”
The United Nations estimates that over 1.2 million people have been displaced in central and northern Iraq following the recent flare-up of violence.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.