Zero tolerance for FGM

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6.

FGM (Female genital mutilation) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice has no health benefits for girls and women.
The international day was introduced as part of the UN’s efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in 2003
FGM begun and has gone on for as far back as time can tell, the practice started in a bid to reduce sexual promiscuity in women and make them more faithful to thier husbands.

Yes, it is not as rampant as earlier days but it is still practiced in some places for sociocultural acceptance.
In some communities it is practiced for aesthetics.

While this practice is unsafe and that being said, a major reason why it should be stopped. There are no tangible reasons as to why it is still practiced. Some of the most flimsiest reason one would hear for FGM is that it is in a move to prevent rape, but really, if the life of a women has to be put at risk to prevent men from being violent and obtuse then the violence will always be a problem.

Some of the major ways to stop FGM are;
1. Raise awareness.
2. Engage the older generation
3. Educate girls and women
4. Engage the government and rural areas
5. Petition for right standing laws to be created for prepatrators of the act.
6. Engage schools and religious leaders.

Ignoring a problem does not make it go away and let us not forget, a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.

 

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