Female Genital Mutilation a global menace, NOT just Africa

This notion people have that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) only happens in Kenya, please note that it does not!

I was browsing through the internet this morning and came across this story of a 42-year-old man and 36-year-old woman charged over an FGM case for a three-year-old girl in Thames Magistrates’ Court, United Kingdom.

For more than three decades, FGM has made illegal in the UK under child abuse laws, but there is yet to be a successful prosecution.

At least 16,265 women and girls living in the UK have told doctors they have FGM but officials believe the figure is the tip of the iceberg as the practice remaining widely unreported. (Independent UK)

“Somalia, Egypt, Djibouti, Mali, Guinea and Sudan are among the countries where FGM is most prevalent unlike the “be limited by sterotypes” when protecting children…..people must not assume this is only affecting certain countries in Africa because that’s certainly not our experience.” acting head of the National FGM Centre Meg Fassam-Wright.

And this made me think of how far culture binds people to the extent that a parent would fly home her child to undergo a procedure that puts her at risk of death. This could possibly or only mean that African and Arabic immigrants are still practising harmful traditions in the West which according to me is not the best experience to put a child through whether in mother countries or abroad.

According to National Health Services (NHS) Digital statistics, 1,060 new cases of FGM were recorded between July and September 2017. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the percentage of women who have undergone the procedure in some countries is as high as 96 per cent, with the highest rates including Somalia, Guinea, Egypt and Sudan. (Independent UK)

Just like how girls in Kenya are most vulnerable during school holidays when the cutting ceremonies are held, so are girls living abroad because they are flown back home in the name of Christmas.

Because of the strict laws on FGM in the UK, most parent/guardians have turned to medicalisation which as defined by WHO is the situation in which FGM/C is practiced by any category of health care provider, whether in a public or private clinic, at home or elsewhere during the holidays.

In July 2018, a 10 year-old girl succumbed to injuries after undergoing FGM in a village village of Olol in Galmudug state, Somalia, few days after the procedure. The father of Deeqa Dahir said he was “contented” with the practice as it still remains widespread and also because the mother had consented to it.

Deeqa died after major blood loss suspected to have occurred due to a cut in an important vein during the horrific operation. This case sparked conversations online

Somalia’s constitution bans the practice, but parliamentarians have delayed implementation in fear of losing powerful Muslim vote banks who support FGM and view it as a part of their tradition. (Independent UK)

Girls and children in general should be protected at all costs against FGM to give them a chance to experience life and enjoy their childhood and allow them make informed decisions.

#EndFGM #EndChildViolence


Source: Independent UK

Courtesy: Sky News


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