Even in Somalia, women are rebelling against FGM

Published on Mutilazioni Genitali Femminili MGF, November 19, 2011.

Women in Somalia are organizing to put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) with action to create a law against excision and raise awareness among men and religious leaders about the serious health problems related to the practice that has affected the lives of nearly 140 million women worldwide.   

After a good example of Côte d’Ivoire, where the phenomenon is decreasing, and the initiative of Burkina Faso, through the Campaign No peace without justice has sent the proposal to the United Nations adopt an international resolution to counter the FGM, an all-female group of Galkayo, a town in North Central Somalia, is putting pressure on local authorities of the State of Puntland to get a law antimutilation.

The union is led by women of many local associations, including the Women’s Development Network in the region of Mudug, and demands a halt to the practice after the increase in cases, especially in refugee camps where, unfortunately, does not stop cases of rape. Enable a law against mutilation may not mean to stop the problem but would change the attitude of an entire country against those who violate the law and could have a deterrent effect against those who illegally practice infibulation … //

… The question is not bounded to the African continent. In Europe, where many immigrant families are to decide whether or not to respect tradition, saving their daughters running the knife and therefore the risk of marginalization from the community of origin, is on the Campaign End Fgm, promoted by a network European non-governmental organizations, to develop a framework of legal measures, policies and services that support the choice to abandon the practice and that is homogeneous at the European level. (full text).

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