Thursday, November 26, 2009

Campaign in The Netherlands

"The “ Say no to FGM” campaign will widen the approach that the government believes has been successful in pilot programmes in six Dutch cities. It involves informing health professionals and targeting groups and families that are at risk. FGM is illegal in the Netherlands and subject to criminal prosecution."

Reverse Development Cooperation

Unfortunately, when people move from country to another, they do not leave certain practices at the border. And just because they are in another country, they want to prove that they are a real citizen from their homeland by being more conservative.

"She said the government plans to call in help from African countries such as Senegal to help eradicate female genital mutilation in the Netherlands, in what she describes as “reverse development cooperation”. According to the deputy minister, while some African countries had taken great strides in stamping out the practice, immigrants in the Netherlands sometimes remained more conservative in retaining the custom than people in their homeland."

One of the reasons

Understanding why people still mutilate their family members is one of the keys to solve this problem. This doesn't mean that once we understand the why we need to agree or approve it. It is just the first step in the fight to eradicate the practice of FGM.

"A larger clitoris resembling a small penis may have been the cause of female genital mutilation in many African traditions to keep young girls from being male and female at the same time.

My investigation into the whole part brought me to find out what the old Sebei woman in Bugerere Uganda told me. In the old times when girls were checked for adulthood while reaching puberty, they found out that the girls had a penis like creature on top of their Vagina`s something that made the elders think that the female was abnormal. Having two organisms these days is a tough thought in our modern world. And though tiny and some invisible, the truth is that one cannot dispute the fact that many women have a little male looking part hidden inside them."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Malaysiakini: Female circumcision a la M’sia

FGM in Malaysia

"Interestingly, of the four Islamic schools of thought, only Shafie deems the practice compulsory, while all others say it is unnecessary because evidence for such a requirement is weak.
Both sides trace their view on their understanding of a hadith which reads: ‘Reduce the size of the clitoris but do not exceed the limit, for that is better for her health and is preferred by the husband.’"

Eradicate violence against women: Ban Ki-moon

This what Ban Ki-moon had to say:

“Our goal is clear: an end to these inexcusable crimes -- whether it is the use of rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, sex trafficking, so-called 'honor' crimes or female genital mutilation/cutting.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FGM and Italy

What is Italy doing about it?

"Among the numerous actions taken by our country in this context, there is one that Italy has been committed to since the mid-1980s, beginning with Somalia, and which has involved us recently at the United Nations: female genital mutilation. In addition to launching, together with the UN agencies, an international campaign to prevent this practice, last September, at the fringe of the 64th General Assembly, I presided over an initial meeting attended by cabinet ministers from countries which, like Italy, have espoused this cause."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

FGM in Ghana

Good article explaining what is wrong in Ghana and every other place where one still finds FGM.

"Recently a man divorced his Wife for showing ecstacy during sex. He saw her as a spoilt woman and a thief who 'stole' what was reserved for him. It is to ensure man's monopoly that today about 140 million people in Ghana and globally are victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In fact today in every five minutes a female in Ghana or elsewhere becomes a victim of FGM."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dignity Alert and Research Forum (DARF)

"DARF is currently campaigning for the elimination of child/forced marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania and Scotland. "

Monday, November 9, 2009

State of inertia

What is the world waiting for?

"The statistics are staggering and mind-boggling, but one is amazed at the worlds’ state of inertia which has aided the continuation of these practices. On every other issue, the world has reacted with swift and decisive measures to either modify behavior, save the victims or make offences against humanity punishable. On this particular issue and all other injustices against women, there seems to be a collective lack of will to implement the right and adequate measures to ensure women’s safety, sexual dignity, and respect for self-determination."

Friday, November 6, 2009

End FGM and Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon receives honorary degree from the UW.

"Known as an advocate for universal human rights and social justice, Ban has been a major proponent of women’s rights in Africa and India. Putting an end to female genital mutilation, child brides, and “honor deaths” are on his to-do list with the United Nations."

Thursday, November 5, 2009


"THE United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a joint programme to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2012. "

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Huge problem

How can someone be against mutilation with this type of life-long lasting consequences? FGM is not just (a) little cut(s) on an arm or leg done during a rite or habit. The consequences of FGM are unidirectional; what has been cut away is ... away. Forever. That is one fact. Another fact is that the victims are constantly reminded in one way or another that (a) part(s) of their body is (are) missing. Sometimes just by going to the bathroom, when having sex with their partner, when giving birth and sometimes just because they are alive. If the mutilation happened with dirty and rusty instruments, infections can occur. And then there are all the invisible scars caused by the psychological damage.

Mutilation because of "cultural sensitivity"? What about the sensitivity of the kid that is being mutilated? The kid definitely didn't ask for it. No sensitivity can justify mutilation with this kind of consequences especially if someone else (be it the parents) has made that decision.

"In the United States, an analysis of census data by the African Women's Health Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows that (based on families' countries of origin) more than nearly 228,000 females have been or are at risk of being subjected to FGM, with more than 38,000 of them in California and nearly 26,000 in New York State."

"The resistance to ending FGM or creating less harmful rites of passage for girls is not confined to developing countries. "For reasons that I don't understand, there's this resurgence of debate around 'rites or rights' in this country," Bien-Aimé said. "It's extremely disturbing." Campaigns against the practice are being challenged on cultural sensitivity by anthropologist and other academics."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

No more getting "dirt" out here.

"“We called it ‘getting the dirt out,’ but we never said it out loud, because it was taboo,” said Bogaletch Gebre, founder chief executive officer of KMG, who returned to Kembatta, her birth place, in 1997, to start the NGO that would fight for the human rights of women and improve the environment for all people in the region."

Monday, November 2, 2009

Arrests in Uganda

"Police has arrested 10 parents in Looro Sub County , Moroto district who allegedly last week conducted female genital mutilation on their daughters."