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Guest Post By Jason Tucker – Female Genital Mutilation – Law Enforcers Facing An Uphill Battle

on December 12, 2012

Female Genital MutilationLaw enforcers facing an uphill battle

It’s a long and arduous task extending basic human rights to every corner of the globe but charities and government agencies are gradually helping to eliminate practices like forced marriage which really have no place in the world of 2012. One of the most sensitive areas that women’s charities and pressure groups are having to tackle is female genital mutilation (FGM).

This appalling practice is still being carried out on the sub-continent and even in ethnic enclaves in Western Europe. It is usually carried out in the name of so-called religious or social tradition but when anyone in authority in particular religions is questioned on the subject, nobody actually seems to be able to quote chapter and verse about its origins.

Viewed from a human rights perspective, FGM reflects the historic inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. The mutilation is nearly always carried out on minors and is therefore a violation of children’s rights. The practice also violates the rights to health, security and physical integrity of the person involved, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

Another dangerous misconception about female circumcision is that it bestows various health benefits. This, of course, is total nonsense. It is, in fact, known to be harmful to the female body in many different ways. First, it is clearly painful and traumatic. The World Health Organisation summarises other effects as follows: “The removal of or damage to healthy, normal genital tissue interferes with the natural functioning of the body and causes several immediate and long-term health consequences. For example, babies born to women who have undergone female genital mutilation suffer a higher rate of neonatal death compared with babies born to women who have not undergone the procedure end in stillbirth or spontaneous abortion, and in a further 25% the new born has a low birth weight or serious infection, both of which are associated with an increased risk of perinatal death.”

Although the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution banning FGM, some 140 million women and girls alive today are known to be victims and although the practice has been outlawed in most countries, it is still legal in certain nations like Sierra Leone. Even in many countries where it is now officially outlawed, enforcement is proving difficult especially in remote, outlying areas.




2 responses to “Guest Post By Jason Tucker – Female Genital Mutilation – Law Enforcers Facing An Uphill Battle

  1. Please do consider signing our STOP #FGM in Britain HMGovt e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35313 … more details when you read the actual petition text. Thank you so much!


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