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Sharia in Action: 30 Million girls ‘at risk’ of FGM

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The BBC explains it this way: “Ritual cutting of girls’ genitals is practised by some
African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it protects a
woman’s virginity.” Nonsense. It is to remove a woman’s sexual pleasure. Of course, the BBC neglects to mention the culture and belief system behind clitoridectomies — Islam.

Circumcision is “obligatory” for “both men and women” — so says a legal manual of the Shafi’i school of Islamic jurisprudence, ‘Umdat al-Salik
(e4.3). This school is dominant in Egypt, where 97% of women have
suffered genital mutilation. The Hanbali school teaches, in contrast,
that female genital mutilation is not obligatory, while noting that it is accepted Islamic practice; the Hanafi school calls it “a mere courtesy to the husband.”

In any case, the Islamic justifications given for the practice enable
it to continue. Yet in the West it is considered “Islamophobic” to
mention these Islamic justifications. However, the longer they are
ignore, the more girls will be mutilated in Britain and the West in
general. (Robert Spencer)

Female genital mutilation: 30 million girls ‘at risk’ BBC

The challenge is to let people – men and women – have their voices heard on the issue, Unicef says

More
than 30 million girls are at risk of being subjected to female genital
mutilation (FGM) over the next decade, a study by Unicef has found.

It said more than 125 million girls and women alive today had undergone a procedure now opposed by the majority in countries where it was practised.

Ritual cutting of girls’ genitals is practised by some
African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it protects a
woman’s virginity.

Unicef wants action to end FGM.

The UN Children Fund survey, described as the most
comprehensive to date on the issue, found that support for FGM was
declining amongst both men and women.

FGM “is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, well-being
and self-determination,” said Unicef deputy executive director Geeta Rao
Gupta,

“What is clear from this report is that legislation alone is not enough.”

‘Speak out loudly’

Meaza’s story

Ethiopian teenager Meaza Garedu was subjected to female
genital mutilation when she was 10 years old, and now campaigns against
the practice.

“In my village there is one girl who is younger than I am who
has not been cut because I discussed the issue with her parents,” the
14-year-old said.

“I told them how much the operation had hurt me, how it had traumatised me and made me not trust my own parents.

“They decided that they did not want this to happen to their daughter.”

The report, ‘Female Genital
Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the
dynamics of change’, was released in Washington DC.

The study, which pulled together 20 years of data from the 29
countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is still practised,
found girls were less likely to be cut than they were some 30 years ago.

They were three times less likely than their mothers to have
been cut in Kenya and Tanzania, and rates had dropped by almost half in
Benin, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Liberia and Nigeria.

But FGM remains almost universal in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti
and Egypt and there was little discernible decline in Chad, Gambia,
Mali, Senegal, Sudan or Yemen, the study found.

However, it did find that most girls and women, and a
significant number of boys and men, opposed the practice. In Chad,
Guinea and Sierra Leone more men than women wanted to see an end to the
practice.

“The challenge now is to let girls and women, boys and men
speak out loudly and clearly and announce they want this harmful
practice abandoned,” said Ms Rao Gupta.

The report recommends opening up the practice to greater
public scrutiny so that entrenched social attitudes to it can be
challenged.

In some communities FGM, also known as female circumcision,
is seen as a traditional ritual used culturally to ensure virginity and
to make a woman marriageable.

It typically involves procedures that alter or injure female
genital organs and is often carried out by traditional circumcisers, who
play other central roles in communities.

The dangers of FGM include severe bleeding, problems
urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths
in childbirth.

Map showing female genital mutilation/cutting prevalence in Africa and the Middle East
Country Prevalence Country Prevalence
Note: Data from the Republic of the Sudan only. Data not collected from South Sudan. Source: Unicef

The BBC left the names of the countries off their map. Hmmmm I wonder why.

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Somalia 98% Ivory Coast 36%
Guinea 96% Kenya 27%
Djibouti 93% Nigeria 27%
Egypt 91% Senegal 26%
Eritrea 89% Central African Republic 24%
Mali 89% Yemen 23%
Sierra Leone 88% Tanzania 15%
Sudan* 88% Benin 13%
Burkina Faso 76% Iraq 8%
The Gambia 76% Ghana 4%
Ethiopia 74% Togo 4%
Mauritania 69% Niger 2%
Liberia 66% Cameroon 1%
Guinea-Bissau 50% Uganda 1%
Chad 44%

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