Ending the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or another injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This is a barbaric and very harmful practice that has led to the loss of lives and left countless gravely traumatized. According to research and experiences (including testimonials from survivors/victims), the practice has no health benefits for girls and women, therefore, it is a serious cause for alarm. FGM is a total violation of the human rights of girls and women is and so tagged as a serious offense punishable by the law.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is mostly carried out on young girls between the age of infancy to adolescence; ages zero to fifteen roughly and occasionally on young adults (World Health Organization).

According to available data from 30 countries where FGM is practiced in the Western, Eastern, and North-Eastern regions of Africa, and some countries in the Middle East and Asia, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to the practice with more than 3 million girls estimated to be at risk of FGM annually adults (World Health Organization).

 Furthermore, it appears that treatment of the health complications of FGM in 27 high prevalence countries is estimated to cost 1.4 billion USD per year and is projected to rise to 2.3 billion USD by 2047 if no action is taken.

FGM is generally considered to be a very harmful practice due to its large scale of disadvantages and dangers involved. It can be bluntly said that “Female Genital Mutilation has “NO BENEFIT BUT HARM”.

It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. It has been said that there are different ways in which FGM can be carried out; however, it is advisable to note that they all hold zero benefits with no regard for the health of girls and women. FGM is a practice that should not exist.

Immediate complications of FGM can include:

1. Death

2.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

3. Severe pain

4. Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)

5. Complications in sexual life

6. Low self Esteem

7. Genital tissue swelling

8. Fever

9. Shock

10. Infections e.g., tetanus, cysts

11. Urinary problems

12.  Increased risk of miscarriages and complications in childbirth.

13. Injury to genital tissues affected and so on

Of course, there are ways to stop this practice from claiming and destroying lives. Some of them are:

1. Spread the word; tell someone to tell someone about the dangers of Female Genital mutilation and save a life.

2. Challenge the reasons why the practice was ever created: enlighten the people of the older generations to correct the harmful tradition.

3. Educate girls and women on their human rights and the right to say NO to FGM.

4. Get everyone involved in the movement: Educate the young and old, male and female and work together irrespective of gender, age, culture, or race and together to make our world a better place.

5.  Speak up: don’t watch her get cut in secret.

6. Steady Advocacy: keep pushing till the tradition is corrected. Join the movement.

It is important to note that the World Health Organization (WHO) is opposed to all types of FGM and is opposed to health care providers performing FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation has NO health benefit, ONLY HARM. Let’s raise our voices and put an end to FGM and save one life at a time. We @doitrightrgn are here to bring that change and that change starts with you, for sponsorship or information on our advocacy and what we do to make our world a better place, you can reach us via Whatsapp on +234 813 311 0479

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