Sunday, February 20, 2011

How one woman can win the battle against a whole village

"the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM) often seems like a losing battle because it's so entrenched in some cultures, and the practice is perpetuated by women - mothers and grandmothers - who feel they are doing the right thing for their daughters. This story of Abay, and her 20-year effort to stop the practice of FGM in her community, is an amazing testament to the power of determination..."

This story shows/proves once again how important information and/or education is. The men of this village apparently didn't know at all what FGM was about. So, a courageous women made a little film and decided to show it to the men despite the fact that FGM is still a subject you don't even talk about. And guess what: the village decided to stop the mutilation.

Monday, February 7, 2011

EU committed to eradicating FGM

"The European Union is committed to eradicating female genital mutilation, the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday, calling the practice an "exceptionally brutal crime.""

Positive news

At least some good news but there is still a lot of work to do.

"“Three years into the programme, more than 6,000 communities in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea and Somalia have already abandoned FGM/C,” according to a joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake."

It's still taboo to talk about FGM but ...

... every so often a woman decides to speak up and let the world know (it that is at all possible) what the consequences are of a "two-minute cut" during childhood. It of course affects their life and that for the rest of their life.

"She speaks candidly about her physical mutilation and its effects on her sex life. “I’m often reluctant to have sex,” she confides. “Sometimes I manage to reach a climax, but only because my husband helps me. We try hard to create the right mood.” But she is not content with only having occasional orgasms. “I would like to feel complete, both physically and emotionally. I want to overcome my inferiority complex.” She is considering having an operation to reverse her circumcision."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Did you realise that today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM?

I asked around and nobody knew this. Indeed if you do an internet search there are very few events or happenings covering this subject. But yet reality tell us this:

"Feb. 6, 2011, marks the ninth International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone."

Let's go to the Tahrir Square to protest ....

" ... the custom of female genital mutilation, which is so widespread in Egypt that 95 percent of the country's women are estimated to have undergone the procedure."

It is really difficult to believe that almost all Egyptian women are mutilated despite all the "good reasons" mentioned in the article.