A win for Human Rights and for the Sudanese women
The female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, it's the ritualistic removal of part or all of the female external sexual organs. Generally perfomed by a cutting blade, with or without anesthesia, FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries, Indonesia, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and is also practiced in several other localtions in Asia, in the Middle East and expatriate communities around the world. The age at which it is perfomed varies between a few days after birth and puberty. In half of the countries with available data, most young women are mutilated before the age of five years old. This happens because, in some cultures, FGM is seen as a necessary part of raising a girl, being an important part to guarantee marriage; it is believed that by doing so, girls will remain virgins and have marital fidelity, because this act reduces a woman's libido which will "help her" resist extramarital sexual acts. Being associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, making the girls who have been through the female genital mutilation intervention seen as clean and beautiful, it's also a matter of honor, and women who haven't done it are seen as impure and face social exclusion. More than 130 million women and children have gone under this procedure.
Article written by Adriana Santos