The Implications And Consequences Of Female Genital Mutilation

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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.

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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 affected; “There are no health benefits of FGM,” (Jefferson, 2015, p. 413) yet it continues to be practiced in many different countries around the …show more content…
Although it is not a religious practice, it is one that is deeply rooted in the traditions of many societies in hopes of helping women, although it is a form of harm and a way to control sexuality. Many women do not have a choice in whether or not this procedure is done to them and affects them both mentally and physically. It is a violation of rights and there are many organizations already in place dedicated to helping stop this

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