Female genital mutilation (FGM), also called female genital cutting, is still practiced in Africa countries. In Asia and the Middle East countries. Despite the awareness that has been created to stop FGM, Some communities in Sudan are still practicing the act. In Kenya, some communities again practice the act as community rituals demands on the women as they grow into adulthood.
FGM is bad. It has several negative consequences on the women and needs to stop so that our sisters can stand their dignity.
FGM practices in Sudan
The Sudan government has criminalized female genital mutilation, making it illegal in the country. And those found practicing are sentenced to a jail term of three years in jail. A move that has been praised by gender feminist in Africa and FGM move campaigners in the country. Citing that will change women’s and young ladies ‘ rights in society by far.
The United Nations’ recent data on FGM shows that out of 10women and girls in Uganda are cut. The procedure, which takes in two parts, involves the removal of the female genitals. And has a lot of underlying health problems that the women are exposed to during the circumcision.
Sudan’s transitional government moved on approving the amendment to the bill on the criminal legislation, saying that anyone who is found performing FGM in the hospital or at home will face strict three-year imprisonment and a fine.
Enforcing the STOP FGM law
The feminism groups in the country said the punishment is a good move to see FGM eradicated in society. But they warned that it would be hard to change the minds of the traditionalist—the section who follows societal norms of FGM as a mandatory practice to marry off their daughters.
“FGM cases in Sudan is one of the highest globally. It is now time to use strict laws to ensure girls are protected from this torturous practice.”
“Having a law against FGM acts as an important deterrent. However, Sudan may face challenges in enforcing legislation. People who still believe in the practice might not report cases or act to stop FGM when they know it is happening.”
Remarks by Faiza Mohamed, the African regional director of Equality Now.
The communities may develop ways to hide the cases. And the officials who believe in the practice may fail to uphold the law. Mohamed warned.
FGM practice worldwide
Approximately 200 million girls and women are cut in the whole world. According to health experts, the circumcised girls are subjected to a lot of health risks. They can bleed to death during the cutting. Or die due to infections or later in life have problems with childbirth complications.
FGM is practiced in at least 27 countries in Africa, some parts of Asia, and the Middle East. But in a few cases in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
Problems associated with FGM include painful sex, injury to the urethra, inability to orgasm, and other consequences that may happen during the cut that can lead to the death of the victim.
Message to the world, “LET’S STOP FGM, OUR GIRLS DESERVE BETTER!”