Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Commemorating the ban on female genital mutilation in Eritrea

"At the event, Ms. Misghina, 63, recounted the horror she experienced in 1993 when she was circumcizing her first granddaughter. The child bled so much that she turned pale blue. Fortunately, she survived, but it was a close call. "

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/eritrea_52819.html

Monday, February 8, 2010

Stop calling it Female Genital Circumcision

I agree 100%.

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-404720

About 50 FGM cases per year in The Netherlands

"Naar schatting worden in Nederland zo'n vijftig vrouwen per jaar besneden. Het onderzoek wordt zaterdag in Rotterdam gepresenteerd tijdens de internationale dag tegen vrouwelijke genitale verminking. In het onderzoek werden vrouwen uit Somaliƫ, Soedan, Eritrea, Sierra Leone en Ethiopiƫ bevraagd."

http://www.trouw.nl/nieuws/nederland/article2981823.ece/Onderzoek__besneden_vrouwen_vaak_depressief.html

Three million girls at risk

"Manama: Around three million girls and women are at risk for genital mutilation or cutting annually, leaders at two United Nations institutions warned as the world marked International Day against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)."

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/three-million-girls-at-risk-for-genital-mutilation-annually-1.579557

Friday, February 5, 2010

Education, education and more education is indeed needed.

"Why FGM is unnecessary
We are challenging the so-called traditional rulers and elders to examine FGM. And if they think it to be what will make their women not be promiscuous and their wives to be faithful, what about the counterpart- you as a man? How does it stabilize you as a wonderful husband? Your wife is not promiscuous, what about you? How does she think of you, and how happy is she about you?

Marriage is relational, and not only for men to enjoy. The bottom line is that FGM has nothing to do with whether a girl will be promiscuous or not because we’ve seen cases of girls who were circumcised, but yet are jumping from place to place. How do we then explain this? My hope is that with education, within a short time, FGM will die.’"

I too hope that FGM will die but I'm not so sure about the "short time" ....

This is going on now ...

... and in Europe.

"Between 6,000 and 8,000 women in Austria have been forced to undergo genital mutilation, according to Social Democratic MP Petra Bayr."

http://www.austriantimes.at/news/General_News/2010-02-04/20323/Female_genital_mutilation_remains_problem,_group_warns

Update

Interesting update on the situation. Unfortunately there is still a lot of work to do before FGM will be eradicated.

http://www.prb.org/pdf10/fgm-wallchart2010.pdf

Tomorrow is the "International Day Against FGM"

"The International Day against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, provides an opportunity for people everywhere to redouble their efforts and end this harmful practice within a generation."

http://www.unfpa.org/public/site/global/lang/en/pid/4830