Female genital mutilation: 30 million girls ‘at risk’

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More than 30 million girls are at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) over the next decade, a study by Unicef has found.


It said more than 125 million girls and women alive today had undergone a procedure now opposed by the majority in countries where it was practised.

Ritual cutting of girls' genitals is practised by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it protects a woman's virginity.

Unicef wants action to end FGM.

The UN Children Fund survey, described as the most comprehensive to date on the issue, found that support for FGM was declining amongst both men and women.

FGM "is a violation of a girl's rights to health, well-being and self-determination," said Unicef deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta,

"What is clear from this report is that legislation alone is not enough."

'Speak out loudly'

 

The report, 'Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change', was released in Washington DC.

The study, which pulled together 20 years of data from the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is still practised, found girls were less likely to be cut than they were some 30 years ago.

They were three times less likely than their mothers to have been cut in Kenya and Tanzania, and rates had dropped by almost half in Benin, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Liberia and Nigeria.

But FGM remains almost universal in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti and Egypt and there was little discernible decline in Chad, Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Sudan or Yemen, the study found.

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  1. As a mother,one wants to spare one’s children from terrible pain,fear and possible death.It is horrible to see how being brainwashed and living in fear of god and his henchmen here on earth turns women into perpetrators of violence against girls who grow up and do the same.

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      As a mother,one wants to spare one’s children from terrible pain,fear and possible death.It is horrible to see how being brainwashed and living in fear of god and his henchmen here on earth turns women into perpetrators of violence against girls who grow up and do the same.

      Many women authorize the mutilation of their male children quite happily.

      • True, both FGM and male circumcision are evils causing untold pain and misery.And the sooner the religionists come to their senses and see how wrong this is, the better.I have two sons and I would have caused considerable hurt to anyone trying to harm them. In reply to #5 by ArloNo:

        In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        As a mother,one wants to spare one’s children from terrible pain,fear and possible death.It is horrible to see how being brainwashed and living in fear of god and his henchmen here on earth turns women into perpetrators of violence against girls who…

  2. FGM “is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, well-being and self-determination,” said Unicef deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta,

    As Male Genital Mutilation is a violation of boy’s rights. But coming out to publicly state that obvious fact requires stepping on the sacrosanct toes of Judaism and Islam. And woe those who dare irk the Jewish lobby and trigger the great inexhaustible wrath of Muslims. Which explains why the oh so eloquent lamentations which rightfully emanate from organizations and individuals when the topic is FGM fall silent when the topic is Male Genital Mutilation.

    • Do a google images for “forced circumcision”. If you can stomach it.

      In reply to #3 by godsbuster:

      FGM “is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, well-being and self-determination,” said Unicef deputy executive director Geeta Rao Gupta,

      As Male Genital Mutilation is a violation of boy’s rights. But coming out to publicly state that obvious fact requires stepping on the sacrosanct toes of Juda…

  3. It is high time this disgusting barbaric practise was stopped. The only way that will happen in these 5th world countries engaged in the practise is through education! Any individuals caught performing this ritual have to be severely censured. jcw

  4. Some (female mutalation) is probably taped for The Legal Pornography industry in Japan, United States and Elsewhere. Rape Pornography, real or faked is not legal in Germany, however it is legal in the US along with beastiality etc. I am angry the United States and some other countries believe that making child porn illegal somehow helps girls/women in “a man’s world.” ~ GodDamn-Man,Jesus!

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