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Video Against Female Genital Mutilation

Health & Wellness  (tags: women, FGM, Female Genital Mutilation, female genital cutting )

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BEWARE, THIS VIDEO SHOWS AN EXCISION These images may shock you. It's up to you to decide if you want to watch them. ( © Inter-African Committee)


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Mara G (411)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 11:17 am
This is so extremely sad and this mutilation of both sexes has to be stopped. How anyone could do this is beyond my comprehension. It compares to eating your first born!! Its "savage"!!!

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 11:27 am
I agree with you Ron.
Only the humans have this great capacity to mutilate itself.
This is sad!

Lauren Stone (586)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 12:19 pm
Please, if you can bare to, watch this video and sign the petition. Genital integruty for both females and males is an important human rights issue. No child should ever be sexually/genitally mutilated. Awareness changes minds and changes actions.

Patricia rommers (33)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 1:37 pm
Absolutely disgusting!!!!! How can anyone do that to their child?

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday June 26, 2007, 5:14 pm

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 6:30 am
Yes, NO MORE!!!!
This is a terrible and cruel pratice that every year mutilates thousands of women

LadyLou B (133)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 7:10 am
A horrible, unnecessary and such abusive practice ~ there Must be some way to stop these barbaric practices. So sad.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 7:53 am
Petition against Female Genital Mutilation

As either citizens or organisations, we want to express our opposition to Female Genital Mutilation. More than 3 million girls every year suffer this ignominy, and more than 150 million women live with the effects their entire life. The physical and psychological consequences of this violence are a grave invasion of their integrity and dignity.

We’d like you to make this cause a priority issue. We’d like you to invest more means to inform and educate so that we can achieve the eradication of this violence at every level, both national and European.

We support the propositions of “Respect-ev” to fight this calamity, most notably:

1. Make Europe a place where there is zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, by passing clear and unequivocal laws banning the practice.
2. Envision the distribution of aid to African countries only if they help in eradicating and outlawing this violence.
3. Put the subject on the agenda of intergovernmental conferences with African countries.
4. Finance NGOs that work in Europe and Africa on this issue.
5. Lead or finance important campaigns and actions to educate and make people aware of the facts.
6. Take into account the menace of mutilation as a reason for according refugee status.

We appreciate your understanding and consideration, and we respectfully ask you to consider our petition.

This petition will be published, as an open letter in different European newspapers on the 5th “zero tolerance for female genital mutilation day across the world”, in February 2008.


Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 8:53 am
As a Somalian male physician explained to us when I worked with refuges, there are two things about men, he said. One si that e like to cause pain and two we like to make money. As he explained it, if a woman hs been genitally mutalated and sewn shut, she can only be ripped open when she finally does have sex and that is very painful. Having ones daughters sew shut means they will be worth more money on the marriage market and therefore families continue to let this be done. The proven virgin daughter is worth more money.
He went on to add that if a woman has been mutilated and can not enjoy sex the risk of her having an affair is nil so that is seen as a form of insurance. We spoke to young women who had been shipped home and mutilated under the wishes of grand parents when the parents ahd decided that this was wrong.

One young woman was explaining how she feels nothing when the man she loves touches her and she does not know how to evr get feelings. this is truly tragic. IF one believes in God, one would expect that God had created woman without making parts that would have to be cut off. I consider this all to be a form of torture. It should never have been started and since it is not in the Koran but is simply a cultural practice, that is a culture which needs to change now.

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 8:56 am
Please join our group to learn more about sexual/genital mutilation and how to help move toward genital integrity for boys and girls. No child shoould ever be harmed in such a way. Yet more than 3 million girls worldwide and more that 1.2 million boys in the US alone are subjected to genital mutilation every year.
There are effective campaigns that are slowing the rates through education, awareness and empowerment.

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 9:01 am
Ron, I don't know how I didn't see your comment earlier...actually eating the child would be more mercifull. THAT would be over quickly. The damage and after effects of genital mutilation lasts a lifetime. In the extreme forms, during childbirth, a woman can literally be ripped apart, as the natural opening that a baby is supposed to emerge from does not exist. The consequences are horrendous.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 9:52 am
The World Health Organization (WHO) condemns the practice of FGM as damaging to women both physically and emotionally. FGM is typically done without anaesthesia or antibiotics. This practise is agonizing, painful and extremely dangerous. Many girls die of haemorrhage, many have chronic infections that they last all life, as also many problems with childbirth, in the conjugal relationship and the menstruation.
It is a fundamental violation to the human rights and against women..


Jennie B (14)
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 1:42 pm
This horrible practice must be ended. I don't care if it is a cultural practice. Some cultural practices are just outright cruel and should be ended because they are a violation of basic human rights-like this one. This one is heart breaking to think of these girls going through life with no ability to feel what they were intended to feel. There is no defense for this kind of inhumane abuse and cruelty. noted.

Cheryl B (373)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 2:34 am
thank you for posting, I was going to, I thought it might be pulled of c2nn for being "too graphic", well sometimes it doens;t hit home so to speak mentally, spiritually, in all ways, until you do SEE IT.

Jessie Cross (295)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 3:46 am
This is another way to control women's lives. It is highly abusive, painful and carries consequences that, if the girl survives, will have effects on her for the rest of her life.

Jessie Cross (295)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 3:48 am
I went to the site but I must be honest - I could not watch it. How awful! We must make every effort to educate women all over the world because they hold the answers to situations like this.

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Thursday June 28, 2007, 6:06 am
In general FGM 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)
Friday June 29, 2007, 12:02 am
horrable ,disgusting practice! it must end both for girls and boys! that man in the video should be tied down and made to watch as his testicles get crushed and removed! im sorry but enough is enough!!!

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Friday June 29, 2007, 6:08 am
All mutilation is a form of torture.

Julia D (92)
Friday June 29, 2007, 1:51 pm
noted. I don''t have the guts to watch it, but I will sure help in any other way I can to stop this horrendous torture of children.

Amin A (401)
Friday June 29, 2007, 2:17 pm
male circumcision is one thing but it's female eqivalent is a completely different affair. it is pure mutilation and abuse.. the only way it will stop however is through education, long term efforts of educating people over decades so that the next generation are free from this horror

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Friday June 29, 2007, 2:25 pm
Please sign the peticion against FGM

and join our group


Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Friday June 29, 2007, 2:27 pm
Both are mutilations and abuse.
There are no differences!

Lauren Stone (586)
Friday June 29, 2007, 4:10 pm
Indeed, the mutilation of an unconsenting child is a crime, be the child male or female. The only difference is cultural acceptance and perceptions.

Akshay ji (0)
Saturday June 30, 2007, 4:05 am
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