WADI was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization based in Frankfurt, Germany, and Suleymania, Iraq. WADI supports people in the Middle East in their striving to improve living conditions, human and democratic rights. 

For more than a decade, the main focus is the improvement of women’s rights, the struggle against domestic violence, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Northern Iraq. The engagement with FGM in Iraq and further research led WADI to realize the scope of the problem in large parts of Asia – a human right's abuse mostly ignored until our work began.


The Stop FGM Middle East & Asia campaign was consequently founded in 2013 to raise awareness internationally, to connect anti-FGM activists in Asia, and to organize support for their projects and campaigns.

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