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Governor Ambode's wife seeks policy to eradicate female genital mutilation

07 February 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) joined individuals, organizations and United Nations partners worldwide in marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

"Tuti Island is a shining example of how a community can initiate and sustain an effort to end FGM", says Dr Wisal Ahmed, team leader in WHO Sudan's Women's Health Unit.

"It also requires policy and legal reforms that support gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and respect for their human rights".

"UNFPA remains committed to supporting communities in fighting to end this harmful practice, which has no place in the 21st century", said Dr. Kanem. Many communities also believe that FGM reduces the libido of female-bodied people - and so will prevent them from conducting extra-marital affairs.

Carried out in secret and often without anaesthetic, FGM involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

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Zubeida, a 50-year-old practitioner, who had performed over 500 procedures, said there is religious sanction and honour attached to the practice.

February 6 every year has been set aside by the United Nations to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM across the world.

"Sustainable development can not be achieved without full respect for the human rights of women and girls", he upheld, reiterating SDG 5's target for FMG elimination.

"Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Female Circumcision (FC) - also called khafz (or khafd) - are entirely different from each other".

- Type 3: When the clitoris, inner lips and outer lips are cut and sewn together or sealed, leaving only a small opening for urination and to release the girl or woman's period. The centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court that there was no official data or study by the National Crime Records Bureau which supported the existence of Female Genital Mutilation in India.

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The United Nations reported worrying statistics, highlighting just how out of hand the violent practice has become.

The top court is now hearing a writ petition seeking a ban on "the inhuman practice of "khatna" or FGM, also known as "female circumcision" or "khafd"... making it a cognisable, non-compoundable and non-bailable offence".

The practice has nothing to do with religion but is more of a cultural practice.

The report further reveals that globally, over 200 million women and girls are estimated to have undergone some form of genital mutilation and girls aged 14 and younger account for about 44 million of those who have been "cut".

Most of the efforts to eradicate FGM following this have focused on Africa, despite the ritual being widespread in Asia as well. It has no health benefits; only health damage, both physical and mental.

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Governor Ambode's wife seeks policy to eradicate female genital mutilation