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History In The Making! Female Genital Mutilation Has Been Banned In Nigeria!

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One of the worldâEUR(TM)s most profound human rights violations is the act of female genital mutilation. The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act of 2015 in Nigeria, recently signed by president Goodluck Jonathan, puts a swift end to FGM


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Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:15 am
Encouraging news... I hope
Thank you, Darren.

Laura Sturdevant (78)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:32 am
Yay, Nigeria!

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:40 am
Passing a law is all very well - it is an important step

But unless there is a concerted effort to
=> ensure that police, health workers, village chiefs, community leaders are fully aware of the law;
=> develop and allocate adequate means to ensure application and full implementation of the law
It can remain a token, lip service to satisfy the international critics.

There are other countries with such laws .... but the practice continues.

REAL change in this practice is taking place where the people themselves are leading campaigns to make communities aware of the dangers and cruelty of FGM. It is slower, but the change is more solid.

Because parents who decide to circumcise their daughters are not doing this with any intention to hurt, to harm. They are doing it because they believe what they themselves were taught - it is in the interest of the girl. When the message gets through that this is not true, that there is real harm done .... parents stop. Communities stop pressurising their members to follow this tradition.

Passing a law doesn't convince people .... that requires far more awareness creation - by people that the communities trust. Not distant politicians, lawyers, policemen. Health care providers - yes, especially if they are from the same culture. Teachers - yes ... same proviso. Community leaders - yes, most of all.

So I hope that there will be serious investment in training and orienting health workers, teachers & community leaders about why this law is important for the people .... and how to communicate the message to others. Including the barbers &/or traditional midwives who actually perform such operations.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:17 am
Well it's about damn time--it must be banned in the other hell holes still using it. thx Darren

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:26 am
Agree with you, Evelyn.

Circumcision should only take place if the male or female wants it, for whatever reason (presumably medical). passing a law perhaps is the equivalent of creating greater awareness, plus, an action on a statute book means someone can be taken to court and prosecuted, whereas otherwise they wouldn't have been.

Animae C (508)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 6:06 am
Thanx Darren

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 8:28 am
Natasha took my exact words...about damn time.
Thank you Darren

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 12:33 pm
Good news and yes, long overdue. As Evelyn points out, tradition may be harder to break down but passing a law against it is the first step towards bringing the practice to an end.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 1:28 pm
Great news

Valentina R (12)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 3:31 pm
This is excellent news, thank you Darren.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:25 pm

S J (124)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 6:22 pm
sounds good but i hope there will be real practice and people actually accept and act accordingly. if so, congratulation Nigeria!

thanks Darren

Athena F (131)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 8:17 pm
yay! hopefully it will be enforced. thank you!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 8:47 pm
Yes---we all know how laws, rights, freedoms work. They'll have to be heavily enforced, protected, preserved, forever. It's a big step in the right direction, to have it on paper. Noted and thanks Darren.

Vikram S (41)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:36 am
Thanks for sharing. Noted.

Stan B (123)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:55 am
Good news but it is still very prevalent in many Muslim countries.

Sandra Ferri (114)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 3:40 am
Fantastic news!!
Thanks for sharing dear Darren xoxo

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 5:13 am
Noted Thanks

Roberto MARINI (88)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 7:47 am
wonderful news!!!!

Janis K (129)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 9:54 am
Thanks for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 11:54 am
30 million care2 members push them... :)

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:03 pm

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 4:28 pm
Great news. Thanks for sharing.

marie C (163)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 4:55 pm
The first step admitting they are wrong Thanks Darren

Dotti L (85)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 5:05 pm
Good news. Thanks for posting this article.

Angeles M (298)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 5:26 pm
Great news! Thank you!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 5:29 pm

Roslyn M (26)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 11:18 pm
Definitely a big improvement

rita uljee (1)
Friday June 19, 2015, 4:15 am
finally a step in the right direction but a law will not prevent everybody from taking that practice out of the system that`s what is going on in my country anyway.

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Friday June 19, 2015, 11:14 am
It's always great news to know that a country that practiced female genital mutilation as an integral part of their culture for centuries had a voted law abolishing such barbarism. The important thing now - and always - is to educate, if this is the right word where this practice is ancient, the population which greatly as opposed to being an act that will protect their daughters is just an act that violates their rights to their body, besides being extremely painful. But this "education" is something that will take a long time, as overthrow an entrenched tradition of an ancient people is not simple.We applaud, for now, the law as a first step.

Angelika Kempter (96)
Monday June 22, 2015, 1:57 am
Thank you Darren for sharing this News

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday August 28, 2015, 9:31 am
How cool!!!!
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