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Jakarta Post

Violence, circumcision among problems faced by NU women

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 25 2010   /  11:37 am

Fatayat Nadhlatul Ulama, the women's wing of the country's largest Muslim organization, reported that violence, early marriage and female circumcision are among the problems compromising the reproductive health of NU women nationwide. Inequality in marriages, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions are also issues Fatayat NU encountered during reproductive health campaigns it conducted in villages in 11 provinces from 2005 to 2010. Fatayat's programs focused on reproductive health and gender mainstreaming and awareness building in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) since 2006, as well as programs with its long-time partner the Ford Foundation. The programs included workshops on reproductive and sexual health, and occasionally the organization held discussions on abortion and female circumcision. ...