Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mashua goes to Davos!

"I can't express the joy I felt when I heard that Female Genital Mutilation will be tabled in DAVOS to the world leaders by Julia who asked me for my support to represent us in Davos"

Seven year old saved from FGM

"This is Hanna Abera. She is seven. Her mother and grandmother wanted to slice off part of her genitals. But she was saved by an extraordinarily brave intervention from her aunt after a British charity launched a programme of education on the consequences of female circumcision – which is still widely practised throughout parts of Africa and the Middle East."

The cultural lenses used to dissect female circumcisions

I can't believe what I'm reading. Breasts can be made bigger or smaller but they are still there. Once when they are made bigger, the women can make them smaller. And vice versa. And ... this decision is made by an (supposedly) adult woman. I'm 200 % against FGM but if an adult woman decides to cut parts of her genitalia ... it's her body. In most cases of FGM, adults take decisions for someone else who at the time of the mutilation cannot decide about her own body.

"Therefore, many Nubian women are willingly circumcised because it is one of the many things that will result in delivering more intense pleasure to their men. The article makes the argument that the idea driving the desire for women to get circumcised is no different from women in the United States undergoing cosmetic surgery to become more desirable to their men? It is not uncommon for an American woman to enhance her breast size, get a face lift or tidy her love handles in an attempt to become more desirable."

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Bill passed in Uganda

"The law should only come in to supplement the campaign, rather than banking on it per se to end female circumcision because it may not succeed. One of the most effective ways to make the practice unattractive is to send all children - both boys and girls to school."

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fatwa against FGM in Mauritania

"Thirty four Islamic scholars in Mauritania have signed a fatwa, or religious opinion, banning the practice of female genital mutilation."

"A law professor at Nouakchott University said the collective fatwa would greatly reduce female genital mutilation in Mauritania because it would remove what he called the religious mask that the practice hides behind."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Film about FGM

Unfortunately the spoken language is unknown to most of us and the undertitling is in Spanish.

"Moolaadé is a 2004 African film by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène. It addresses the subject of female genital cutting, a common practice in a number of African countries, especially nations immediately south of the Sahara desert. The film is set in a village in Burkina Faso, and was filmed in the remote village of Djerrisso, Burkina Faso. The film argues strongly against the practice, depicting a village woman, Colle, who uses moolaadé (magical protection) to protect a group of girls. She is opposed by the villagers who believe in the necessity of circumcision, which they call 'purification'."

Thesis - MUST READ

This is a thesis about FGM and with the title "A Case of the Sabiny in Kapchowra District, Uganda".
"This thesis indicates that perceptions held by those who are in favour of the practice are based on a number of motivating factors, tradition topping the list. There are various efforts that are being employed by the local community as well government to eliminate the tradition in Kapchorwa. As a result of these efforts, there has been a change in the community; however this does not yet mean that the tradition has been eliminated. "
"From my study, it can also be concluded that in the struggle to eliminate FGC, there is need for the three levels in society to work together. Understanding the justification for the continuation of the tradition, formulating initiatives with these justifications in mind, and involvement of the government are all prudent efforts for change. The one thing that can unite all the three levels is the law."

FGM and marriage

"I am convinced that community dialogue is one of the most effective ways to put an end to harmful traditional practices like FGM. Fathers want their daughters to marry, so they have to agree together that FGM is not a condition, to the contrary, it makes mariages impossible and unhappy."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FGM and culture

"Every contributor to this week’s question agrees that culture is the primary or only reason why female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C/C) is practiced."

I was surprised to read this:"One participant from Switzerland asserted that there is another way to approach FGM/C as a problem where it is difficult to change behaviors. We do not need to do away with FGM/C. Instead, actors could provide medical supplies for a safe FGM/C/C."

Please vote.

I have a dream ... Wouldn't it be nice to end female genital mutilation, within our lifetimes?

If you agree with me, then please help Julia Lalla-Maharajh, one of five finalists in "YouTube Davos" shortlist to work with world leaders in 2010 to end FGM.

Go to , click on "Vote" then select "End FGM now" and click on the green thumbs up icon.

How is this possible?

Animals are not treated this way but yet we do it to women!