OH NO! The Dangerous Practise Of Female Genital Mutilation In Various African Countries
Sept. 24, 2020
This is a practice by different cultures across Africa, where a girl’s s*xual organs are cut or modified to mark the transition from a girl to a woman. It is also a sign that the girl is ready for marriage.
Women and girls have had to live with the consequences of having their s*xual organs forcibly mutilated.
Many of them have since been suffering from fistula, maternal mortality, child mortality, infection from Aids and typhus, and post-traumatic stress.
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths.
In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized. WHO strongly urges health care providers not to perform FGM.
FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the s*xes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.
It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.
A UN report pegged the number of victims of female genital mutilation around the world at 200 million.
However, behind that figure of about 200 million lies some progress: In nearly every country, the percentage of girls who have had the procedure has decreased.
And, all these achievements by the various African countries could not have been met without the support of NGOs, public officers, and other government actions.
Senegal passed its first law making FGM illegal in 1999. The law also modified the country’s Penal Code to make the practice a criminal act, punishable by a sentence of up to five years in prison. But there were still reported cases of the act being practised behind the scenes.
So, in 2005, Senegal went a step further and ratified the Maputo Protocol, which advocates for women’s rights and an end to the practice of FGM.
Former iron-fisted leader Yahya Jammeh banned FGM in the Gambia and set steep fines and up to life imprisonment for those taking part in the ancient ritual.
A month after his promise to end the practice which brought about lifelong health complications, the country’s parliament passed a bill criminalizing FGM in 2015.
A lot of other African countries have followed suite, banning the practise of FGM. However, the practice still goes on especially in the rural communities of different African countries.
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