I read in the Tanzania's Citizen newspaper recently, that a 4 month year
old baby bled to death after her parents had allowed a sangoma or
witchdoctor to mutilate her genitals as a way of curing diarrhea. Her
parents believed that mutilating her genital would cure the disease
she was suffering from traditionally known, as ‘Lawalawa.’I was
surprised and shocked at the lack of knowledge our society still has on
such issues as these and how a lot of effort still needs to be made to
educate people on the risks that come with using "traditional" forms of
medicine and curing. Something has to be done to save the lives of girl
children being mutilated because of traditional and cultural beliefs and
also as a way of curing diseases. Female Genital Mutilation is a
centuries-old practice used to control women's sexuality in some
religions, although both Muslim and Christian leaders have spoken out
against it. The procedure involves the removal of the clitoris and
sometimes also other genital parts, usually in childhood or early
adolescence. It can lead to infection, painful sexual intercourse,
complications in childbirth, and eliminates any pleasure for women
during sex. According to Amnesty International, FGM is commonplace in 28
in Africa as well as in Yemen, Iraq, Malaysia, Indonesia and among
certain ethnic groups in South America,
Coincidentally enough, I also read in this same week that the UN
Committee has called for a global ban of girl mutilation. What does this
exactly mean? It calls on the UN's 193 member states to condemn the
launch educational campaigns for girls and boys, women and men, to
eliminate it. It also urges all countries to enact and enforce
legislation to prohibit FGM, to protect women and girls "from this form
of violence" and to end impunity for violators.
Lets build awareness on this issue together to fight FGM and help societies and governments end FGM! You can be a part of bringing awareness to communities, societies and people to change the dogma that has existed around FGM thus make this world a better place!
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