Halal Certification link to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Dee Ellis was a NSW Senate Candidate for the Secular Party of Australia at the last election. Dee is particularly concerned that religious organisations continue to receive government funding and tax breaks, despite the fact that many discriminate against women, gays and other groups. Furthermore, some of these religions also commit human rights violations. Dee would prefer such funding instead to be channelled into more scientifically proven areas and worthy causes such as secular education and health. This would benefit all Australians regardless of their background. Dee is dedicated to exposing and speaking out about all oppressive religious practices.
The majority of Australian meat, and other groceries, are now halal certified. A significant proportion of Australian halal certified fees go to the World Halal Food Council in Indonesia, run by Indonesia’s most senior Islamic organisation, MUI. MUI have in the past released a fatwa endorsing female genital mutilation (FGM) and also managed to get an FGM ban overturned. UNICEF figures show that at least 49% of Indonesian girls have undergone FGM. Furthermore, as reported in the Guardian, an Islamic foundation, subordinate to MUI, pay and organise for mass FGM ceremonies to be performed on Indonesian schoolgirls.
Dee will expose further the links between Islam, female genital mutilation and halal certification. This event is not about demonising cultural or progressive Muslims, but discussing what we can do to stop funding the genital mutilation of young girls.
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