Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a “dehumanising practice”, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has said.
He said added that churches need to work together with other religious partners and governments to eliminate this practice.
Dr Tveit shared these reflections on 3 December 2012 at an evening organised by the Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation and hosted by the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
He said that the realities of FGM remind him of the prayer “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”, which is the theme of the WCC’s upcoming 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2013.
Tveit stressed that it is not possible to “live our faith in the God of life, who actively calls us to work for justice and peace” without addressing realities such as FGM that threaten the lives of 6000 girls every day.
“As religious leaders, we cannot work for human rights and the rights of religious freedom without ending gender based violence and the violation of women’s rights,” he added.
The World Council of Churches brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.
* Full text of the WCC general secretary’s reflections: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/general-secretary/speech...
* Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation: http://www.global-alliance-fgm.org/