Let there be no doubt this is a brutal, painful, humiliating and completely unnecessary procedure performed only because of tradition. This is done to millions of women every year usually without proper anesthetic, sterilization, equipment or training. The World Health Organization points out these important facts (here):

  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
  • An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
  • In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone FGM.
  • FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.(WHO 2010)

Yesterday Jane Onyanga-Omara of the BBC reiterated the call to put an end to this form of misogynistic torture. She points out that men really need to step up to the plate to help on the issue and I wholeheartedly agree.

She also correctly points out that no religion requires this but there is no denying the connection to religion. It is an added practice to the brutal oppression of women in predominately Islamic nations. The removal of the clitoris is viewed as a tool to maintain sexual purity in women, important to religious practice.  In these mostly (or entirely) theocratic countries women do not have the right to say no, also a result of religious tradition.

We all need to join in the call to put an to this barbaric practice. Speak Up and spread the word.

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Comment by Jake W. Andrews on July 29, 2011 at 2:34pm

I wonder how a practice like this could have evolved. Also, is the World Health Org, against male genital mutilation?

Comment by Sassan K. on July 29, 2011 at 2:37pm

Yes, Yes, and Yes! I think it is also time to mention that in no way should this practice go unpunished in the name of "multiculturalism" - in the U.K., 2000 young girls undergo this procedure illegally although the law on the books states that should one put a young girl through such a procedure (like their daughter) the punishment carries prison up to 14-years - but due to "not offending the Islamic community", there has as of present, yet to be a single prosecution in the U.K.

Human rights are human rights and women's rights are women's rights irregardless of your past barbaric practices. Thank you for bringing this issue up Thomas.

Comment by Michael Klein on July 29, 2011 at 2:37pm

Blame the egyptians!

Comment by Sassan K. on July 29, 2011 at 2:43pm

Jake - male circumcision is not at all comparable to the barbaric practice of female mutilation. While we must raise questions for male circumcision as well - male circumcision is often done for the health benefit such as the decrease in contracting disease. There are zero benefits for female genital mutilation.

Comment by Doubting Thomas on July 29, 2011 at 3:37pm

Thanks for the positive feedback and support guys. I'm HUGE on human rights and I am of the opinion that women, even in the western world still have a long way to go.

Comment by Jake W. Andrews on July 29, 2011 at 10:49pm

What health benefit again? But that wasn't my original question.

Comment by Doubting Thomas on July 29, 2011 at 11:12pm

WHO only says that male circumcision helps prevent HIV/AIDS  but makes sure to point out  its only 100% safe with a condom.

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