Female genital cutting, also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), is a harmful tradition practice in many cultures. FGM can be from partial to total removal of the clitoris, and the cutting of the labia minora, to the removal of all external genitalia and the stitching together of the two sides of the vulva.
FGM is mostly done without anaesthetic, and have many lifelong hearth problems that come from it even death. Grassroots organizations in countries where FGM is being practiced are working hard to stop it from continuing. Equal now supports Grassroots’ work to stop FGM focusing on the legislation against it. On the 26 November, 2012 the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee adopted a resolution on female genital mutilation. The resolution forces states to implement laws stopping female genital cutting (equalitynow).
The idea of female genital cutting is repulsive to many; its victims suffer both physical and emotional damage, and is not understood by many however has become a part of a culture to others. It is hard to break a practice in a culture, even if it is harmful to them. The practice is seen as the “right” thing to do in their culture and has always been a part of it. Even through education of all the health problems that arouses from FGM, eradicating the practice will take a lot of time. Education is only a seed; there are a lot of cultural and emotional ties that need to be broken for the practice to be stopped. Laws preventing female genital cutting along with the education of the risks involved, is the only way to eventually put an end in the practice. It is not right to enter a society and dictate what they can and can’t do, however when the practice causes physical and emotional pain, and leads to many other lifelong health consequences including death, it is right to step in and put an end to a problem.