Female Genital Mutilation Essay

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Maria Lwantale Stephanie Wilhelm English 112 April 20, 2013 Genital mutilation: Negotiating Human Rights and Culture! I come from a small country called Uganda. We perform certain acts not because we want to, but as culture dictates. I remember being oblivious to genital mutilation, but all this changed during my years in high school because I attended boarding school. As adolescents, we enjoyed talking about our sexuality and bodies. One sunny Saturday evening, as we sat down in our dormitory, one of the girls asked if anyone had under gone genital mutilation just like her. Diana yelled out loud: “It was one of the most embarrassing and painful experiences I have ever gone through.” She said that it is held in a group setting …show more content…
The opponents of the practice say it is a cultural necessity, while the opponents state that it is a violation of women rights because it causes tremendous pain, trauma and yet no practical importance was found in it. I will explain why culture should be a want rather than an obligation while describing its effects on the rights of women. I was born and raised in Africa which is the root for the act. This act has been around for generations and generations. I do not know the exact time when it was started but I know for sure that it has been going on for a very long time. John Hopkins writes in Female Genital Cutting Cultural Conflict in the Global Community that the debates over female genital mutilation began in 1958. The economic and social council of United Nations formally requested the World Health Organization to study the practice. The world Health Organization was hesitant since it was more of a cultural issue than a medical issue. In the mid 1990’s, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gave aid to the World Health Organization which did research on the act and found out that the it is dangerous causing a lot of pain and death. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Health Organization then issued a joint statement condemning the practice as a violation of human rights. Female Genital Mutilation became a target of unified international action.
According to the “Female genital mutilation.” An article in the Health Science

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