Maria Akhter speaks out about female genital mutilation/cutting in the Bohra community

This story was created in a workshop organized and led by StoryCenter (, in collaboration with Sahiyo: United to End Female Genital Cutting (

On a sunny summer day with her family, Marias views of the larger Bohra community were forever changed, when she learned about the practice of khatna (female genital cutting). In her story, Maria reflects on how much she values her own mothers decision go against tradition and refrain from having her daughters experience the procedure.

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