The Is An Unforgivable Act That Deserves Worldwide Attention Essay

2165 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
Every year an estimated 30 million girls experience a horror that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Members of their community, and often times their own mothers, forcefully pin them down on a cold slab of stone and watch as another person mutilates them. Practiced in 29 different countries across the continents of Africa and Asia, FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation, is a procedure commonly performed on girls starting at infancy and continuing to the age of 15. While the exact date of this procedure emerging is unknown, Greek records show that it began as early as 163 B.C. when Egyptians circumcised young women as a means of initiation before marriage. Regardless of the history behind this practice, FGM is an unforgivable act that deserves worldwide attention. Millions of girls are suffering everyday as a result of a procedure that many are misinformed about or are not even aware is happening. Despite being such an important cultural tradition in many countries in Africa and the Middle East, FGM needs to end and be universally accepted as an inhumane practice, as it is physically debilitating, emotionally traumatizing, and used as a means to oppress women.
Before delving into the effects this practice has on women, it is important to understand what the physical practice entails, as well as why it is so culturally valued among various countries around the world in order to better comprehend the subsequent arguments against it. There are three types of female…

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