55% of Nigerian women want end to female genital mutilation

NGO Urges FG To Strengthen Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

The 2016 UNICEF report said girls and women in 30 countries have been subjected to FGM, more than half from Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia.

Today marks the International Zero Tolerance Day for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), and Police Scotland have thrown their support behind the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of this practice.

There is a growing global drive to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) in a generation.

"The European Union will continue to work with all those determined to abolish female genital mutilation: parents, activists of all ages, including young girls, doctors, teachers, healthcare professionals, child rights and human rights advocates, judicial authorities, political, community and religious leaders and governments". Without concerted, accelerated action, a further 68 million girls could be subjected to this harmful practice by 2030, a press release issued yesterday said.

On Tuesday they followed up with: "We're saddened that a few people have taken this post as an opportunity to respond by posting Islamaphobic [sic] abuse". A practice that is almost always carried out on children. "Yet, population trends in some of the world's poorest countries where female genital mutilation persists threaten to roll back our progress". FGM can also cause familial strain and can cause women to feel shame throughout their lives, making it hard to form healthy, intimate relationships.

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With support from the Embassy of Sweden, the Government of Liberia and the United Nations are now implementing a five-year Joint Programme which prevents and responds to cases of sexual and gender-based violence, including FGM, against women and girls. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice.

It is considered a violation of the human rights of girls and women. FGM is a complex and hidden issue, and there is no single solution to ending the practice. Long-term complications can include anemia, scarring, cysts, difficulty urinating, menstrual disorders, fistulas, recurrent urinary tract infections, prolonged labour, and infertility. FGM is a social norm perpetuated by the pressure to conform and be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community. It is also practised by migrants and foreign nationals in the country.

An online petition initiated by WeSpeakOut on Change.Org seeking an end to this practice has garnered over one lakh signatures.

Society Organizations, Development Partners and individuals have have worked hard to reduce the practice of FGM to 4% nationally in Ghana but we need to consolidate the gains made to date and get it down to zero tolerance. But enforcement of the law is usually weak and prosecutions rare. The person who commits this offense is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than 10 years.

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