Female Genital Mutilation And Cutting Essay

2489 Words Nov 7th, 2016 10 Pages
Female Genital Mutilation is a controversial traditional practice that has harmed, and continues to harm, many girls and women. It “is defined as any procedure ‘involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia without medical reasons.” (Andersson, Rymer, Joyce, Momoh, & Gayle, 2012, p. 1606) To begin this essay, I will discuss where this is happening and the different types of FGM. Second, I plan to focus on why this practice still exists, and the harmful effects. Next, I will look at the rights it violates followed by organizations already in place attempting to stop female genital mutilation and cutting. Finally, I will offer doable solutions and recommendations on what we can do to make a positive change.

Where Female Genital Mutilation Occurs Female genital mutilation and cutting “is practiced in at least 27 countries on the African continent and in some countries in Asia and the Middle East… ” (Yoder, Wang & Johansen, 2013, p. 189) Although there are many countries in Africa that take part in this practice, it is important not to stereotype an entire group of people and note that not every country in Africa practices FGM. According to UNICEF (n.d.), 98% of women in Somalia have been cut. “The age at which girls undergo FGM varies enormously according to community. The procedure may be carried out when the girl is newborn, during childhood or adolescence, just before marriage or during the first pregnancy.” (Jefferson, 2015, p. 414) Anyone could be…

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