An overview of the torture of female genital mutilation

The opening is larger in women who are sexually active or have given birth by vaginal delivery, but the urethra opening may still be obstructed by scar tissue. It is crude, dangerous, wicked and unhealthy. There is need to eradicate FGM in Nigeria.

FGM is often motivated by beliefs about what is considered acceptable sexual behaviour. Female genital mutilation is nearly always carried out on minors and is therefore a violation of the rights of the child.

Despite the increased international and little national attention, the prevalence of FGM overall has declined very little. Enquire about the practice in your locality and give clear information and education to other people on the health effects of FGM.

Though FGM is practiced in more than 28 countries in Africa and a few scattered communities worldwide, its burden is seen in Nigeria, Egypt, Mali, Eritrea, Sudan, Central African Republic, and northern part of Ghana where it has been an old traditional and cultural practice of various ethnic groups.

FGM is still deeply entrenched in the Nigerian society where critical decision makers are grandmothers, mothers, women, opinion leaders, men and age groups. Evidence abound that the prevalence of FGM is declining. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to tackle this deep-rooted legendary practice of FGM.

Female genital mutilation – tradition or torture?

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

Sincegreat efforts have been made to counteract FGM, through research, work within communities, and changes in public policy. InWHO published a "Global strategy to stop health care providers from performing female genital mutilation" in collaboration with other key UN agencies and international organizations.

For example, in the northeastern regions of Ethiopia and Kenya, which share a border with Somalia, the Somali people practise FGM at around the same rate as they do in Somalia. Ibadan University Humanist Society.

Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse

Footnotes Conflict of Interest: Where FGM is a social convention social normthe social pressure to conform to what others do and have been doing, as well as the need to be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community, are strong motivations to perpetuate the practice.

Ending footbinding and infibulation: The review also suggested that there was under-reporting. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. Support families and communities in their efforts to abandon the practice and to improve care for those who have undergone FGM.

FGM is associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, which include the notion that girls are clean and beautiful after removal of body parts that are considered unclean, unfeminine or male. Type II — Partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora excision.

Abstract Nigeria, due to its large population, has the highest absolute number of female genital mutilation FGM worldwide, accounting for about one-quarter of the estimated — million circumcised women in the world.

Female circumcision in Egypt: Some sociocultural determinants have been identified as supporting this avoidable practice.A groundbreaking new report by UNICEF finds that, while much progress has been made in abandoning female genital mutilation/cutting, millions of girls are still at risk – and sets out key steps needed to eliminate the practice for once, and for all.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 22 July Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a term used to describe traditional practices that involve the complete or partial removal of the external female genitalia. The procedure has no health benefits for women and girls, and the United Nations and the World Health Organization recognize female genital mutilation as a human rights.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, executive summary book Publications Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change.

Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practise and is a violation of human. Nigeria, due to its large population, has the highest absolute number of female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide, accounting for about one-quarter of the estimated – million circumcised women in the world.

The objective of this review is to ascertain the current status of FGM in Nigeria. An Overview of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or female genital circumcision encompasses all .

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