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Excision or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Health & Wellness  (tags: women, risks, healthcare, health, children, FGM, Female Genital Mutilation )

- 4374 days ago -
Mainly in 28 countries in Africa. On top of that thousands of women are victim of this practice in immigrant communities in Europe, North America and Australia.


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Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 12:27 pm
VICTIMS is indeed the correct term, be it male or female. A child has no voice to speak out and say "NO!", except for their heartbreaking, tormented screams, that go ignored. Education and awareness of the dangers of genital/sexual mutilation are what has had an effect in the decline of such practices and will be the only means of stopping these horrific crimes against children.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 12:43 pm
I agree with you, Lauren!
Education is the only way of stopping these horrific crimes against children

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 4:50 pm

Enric Mestres Girbal (3)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 1:28 pm
To deal with this inhuman practice, in Catalonia (Spain) teachers and doctors have to report to the police if they suspect any african family from those countries, are planning to go to their homeland WITH LITTLE DAUGHTERS in danger of ablation. In those cases, the are banned from leaving the country. If they go, little girls are having a chek-out BEFORE AND AFTER. If ablation is been done, parents loose their children and are liable for prison.

Jennie B (14)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 1:48 pm
This MUST STOP....I can't stand the idea of babies being submitted to this horrible practice and what it does to these young girls is CRIMINAL. And in the name of religion? Please, this is nothing but ABUSE. NO NO NO"
NEVER AGAIN! Women should not stand for this. How could these mothers allow this? End it now. Noted

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 2:27 pm
I put all my hope in education!
Is more easy to finish a war than to stop a cultural practice.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 3:15 pm
Jennie.......This is done in the name of male gratisfication and nothing else. The bastion of male dominance over the female species must stop............................A day or centuries of doing this is immoral and shows a real state of insanity among the Africans doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Education is definitely the key.......................
Ditch bottled water-Recycle plastics-Plant seeds-Grow trees-Make a forest-For the animals.........................

Savitri Hari (53)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 3:24 pm
Besides education there ahould be legislation banning female genital mutilation. Stringent deterrant punishments should be given to those who violate the law and those who abet the practice either directly or indirectly.

Blacktiger P (247)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 4:15 pm
Today I entered a shop, Amythyst Creations, looking for "healing stones" for the undiagnosable pain in my head. While there noticed a notice about the above topic. Kelly has worked in Africa ,in the Education attempts to see an end to this atrocity. She informed me of the ingrained knowledge[ wrongful] that it is unclean, and daughters Must be clean to make good marriage, etc. Yes all the things we already know, but there is three generations that must ALL be changed. Grandmothers, Mothers, and Daughters, all at once, the only way to break the chain of this IDEA. Kelly had just finished a book written by Marianne Williamson, titled A Woman's Worth, this she gifted me and I'll be reading and digesting , with a great appetite. A statement she made, as she spoke of her soujorn in Africa, was that sitting in a room with all those women, she felt she was of a different SPECIES. They were victims of FGM and she was a whole woman. How else could she feel, and the thought struck me, How can we, as whole women even give advice? We are a different SPECIES. Thoughts????????????

Savitri Hari (53)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 4:46 pm
Being a whloe woman is the birth right of every woman. It is only lesser mortals of the female of the species that should feel odd!! But very often it is the right that is made to feel left out and hence wrong!! If the African women feel that FGM is a traditon they follow is the right way for female purity it is their doom!!
They shhould be educated and made to feel ashamed of their ignominy in the world of civilization. It is like a well dressed fully dressed woman feeling odd in a group of nudes or half nudes!! Of course it is tough task to orient the African women to their sexuality and Humab Rights as against their cruel custom of FGM!! It is the burden of the civilized world to take up this reasponsibity

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 5:15 pm
Savitri Hari
It is NOT a problem of Africa...may be you have a friend that was submeted to FGM and you dont know.

In general this is a problem in many of the countries where there is much emigration. Tradicion is more poweful than law.
We need to educate, to educate and to educate until managing to end these practice

Countries where we have data avaliable:

A Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan

B Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi

C Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus

D-E-F Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France

G Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau

I-K-L India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Luxembourg

M Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique

N Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway

P-R-S Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland

T-U-Y-Z Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 6:15 pm
The custom of FMG originted in Africa and has spread like an immoral cancer into other places and countries............

Ditch bottled water-Recycle plastics-Plant seeds-Grow trees-Make a forest-For the animals....................

Michelle R (13)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 5:06 am
Why are men soooooooo sick in the head? They are the ones who rape, murder, molest, torture, make war, weapons, chemical, have no respect for the environment/nature, animals, children and women. I'm not saying all men, but I am saying most. I am not saying not any women, but I am saying a very small minority.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 6:03 am
I think that FGM have origin in Midle East but now is a mundial problem.
The problem is not men or women the patriarcal society.

Lauren Stone (586)
Friday June 29, 2007, 3:14 am
Mothers allow it because it was done to them as children, so it is what they know. Just in the way that Fathers who were circumcisized as infants often want it done to their sons. It is what they know.
Education must be the way. Knowledge is power. When you know better, you do better.
Lamargo, it is not about grown women, it is about the forcible mutilation of children. Though it is the grown women who know and live with the damage who must speak out and say NO! It takes a great deal of courage to go against tradition. But many women in Africa and other areas ARE saying NO! There is a decline and eventually it will end for the most part. Change comes slowly, but with support and empowerment, women are making the change.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 29, 2007, 2:53 pm
I signed the petition but I wish I did not watch the makes me feel like it just is not enough...and I can't get the images out of my head! This makes me cry...I was aware of this kind of thing for a long time and have signed petitions before and read stories but I feel so can some one just hold down a child while they are screaming so much they can't scream any more and just cut away with dirty knives, such an area so full of painful even if it was done to them before is just beyond me....this makes me sick!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 29, 2007, 3:12 pm
JBS........As I watched the film the man doing the cutting was totally oblivious to all the screaming coming from the child. When this child reaches age 7 and on up she will be married and taken off for the carnal pleasures of a much older idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(And I do mean a much older man!)
The females become mere pleasure and baby making machines for these so called men.......................


Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Friday June 29, 2007, 3:21 pm
The video is terrible just like the reality of millions of girls and women.
We must fight against that practise with all our forces1
I agree with this "... Change comes slowly, but with support and empowerment, women are making the change. " YESSSSSSSS

Lauren Stone (586)
Friday June 29, 2007, 4:05 pm
According to a close real life friend who is Somalian born, girls are 'promised' to men in arranged marriages and then often at age 8-10, they are housed in a type of group home until they reach puberty, then they are sent to live with the 'husband' and his family. Often a man they have never met, who indeed is usually much older.
My friend was sent to live with her 'husband' at age 13. A man 25 years her senior. Her first sexual experience was being raped my this man she was 'married' to. The girl is nothing more than property, as are any children she bares.
In my friends case, she was horribly physically and emotionally abused. In relatiation for a perceived wrong on her part, her husband would kidnap her children, 1 or more at a time, for months or longer. This was used as a form of blackmail in order to gain her compliance.
She is now divorced. She has 3 sons with her. 1 was taken and never returned. She believes he is dead. She has 2 daughters that were also never returned. She has not seen them in many years. She believes they are in Somalia or Sierra Leone and were sold into marriage or slavery. (same thing really).
These practices are abhorant and injurious.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday June 30, 2007, 7:35 am
This is true.
I grow in Africa and i have some friends with the some problem.
Is very difficult be a woman in Africa.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 27, 2015, 11:45 pm
Noted--remain as nature intended. This is an evil man-made tradition.
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