Dr. Phil. Idah Nabateregga originally comes from Uganda and lives in Germany for over 10 years now.
She works currently at TERRE DES FEMMES e.V in Berlin as a Head of Department, policy specialist and EU community project - implementation manager on Female Genital Mutilation issues.
Dr. Idah Nabateregga holds a Doctorate degree in the field of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting - awarded in July 2015 at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg in Germany. She also holds a Masters degree in Peace and conflict studies from the University mentioned above.
Her intercultural background and intensive experiences with institutional-, Community & fieldwork, scientific research, (etc) distinguishes Dr. Nabateregga's work and commitment towards ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.
She handles the issues around Abandonment, prevention & intervention of FGM/C, as well as support and management of survivors in a sensitive manner.
She offers to different key professionals and voluntary Teams:-
Mondays 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 13:00
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Characterized into four types by WHO, FGM/C is a harmful traditional practice, internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
This social-cultural deeply rooted traditional practice – is a form of discrimination (Gender based violence) against women. 200 Million girls and women worldwide have been already subjected to the practice, especially between Infancy and adolescent stages.
Depending on the type done and the underlying reasons associated to FGM/C, the impacts are enormous.
Widely spread within 29 African countries, FGM/C is also common in Asia and Middle East and increasingly prevalent in Europe and other western countries. UNHCR indicates for instance Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, France, UK and Belgium as the EU countries where girls and women from FGM-practicing countries mainly seek asylum.
Meanwhile in 2009, the European Parliament noted about 500,000 survivors living in EU and an estimated 180,000 girls and women being at risk of FGM/C each year.
Several international resolutions have condemned the practice, recognizing it as harmful to girls and women worldwide. These resolutions call upon member states to take efficient actions towards combating FGM/C through preventative strategies of social actions aimed at protecting children without stigmatizing immigrant (practicing) communities; support of survivors without re-victimisation and support the implementation of legal law through reporting cases.
Also the Sustainable Development Goals – targeting Gender Equality (Goal No.5) observes the elimination of all harmful practices (Goal No. 5.3) including the eradication of FGM as top priority towards achieving Gender equality.
However, FGM/C is increasingly practiced (even in EU) and continues to be transformed by practicing communities to suit their 'needs', while not being criminalized. This is not only affecting survivors of the practice, but also children born outside prevalent communities or in diaspora are in serious danger of becoming victims.
You may not be a "survivor" of FGM/C or even have not yet been in contact with those affected or at risk? Nevertheless – The time is due, Act Now!
Act for a better tomorrow!
FGM/C affects usually children directly from infancy to adolescent stages. Children hold the key to the future, they owe to be respected and protected!
Keep childrenrights in focus and make an impact towards womenrights.