“Ending Female Genital Mutilation is not a choice”

FGM is a human right violation

Some human right violations cannot be wiped out completely, if cultural norms repugnant to natural justice are not deconstructed. In Cameroon, there exist over 360 ethnic groups. This implies that, although some of these groups might have some tiny similarities in their cultures, the differences in norms, traditional practices and values cannot be over emphasised. Though some of these practices are good, a number of them can be classified as serious human rights violations.

Cases as such include Female Genital Mutilation, which can still be traced in some parts of the centre, and South west regions of Cameroon. This practice is not just recorded in Cameroon. most especially as Cameroon currently records a great decrease in the FGM prevalence rates in the nation.

In the context of Cameroon, FGM is perpetrated by women on young girls, with the intention of retarding sex. In other words, preventing the girl child from becoming promiscuous at a tender age. This really sounds nice. But let’s look at it from this angle; With the practice,

.She stands the chance of bleeding till the cold hands of death snatch her away.
. She could contract HIV and other STIs.
. It makes her vulnerable to fistula(s).
. It violates her rights over her sexuality.
. She is traumatised
. It negatively impacts her psychology.
. She feels oppressed, suppressed, and violated.
. She ends up in deep and sharp pains.

This is just too much for the girl child to bare. It only doesn’t affect her at that age. It drives her adult hood.

What if we preserve her heath? What if you give her the right over her own sexuality? The questions just can’t end here.

We need to grant justice to women and the girl child.
We need to deconstruct negative traditional practices which violates human rights.
The time is now.

FGM is a human right violation directed towards women and the girl child.

38 Replies to ““Ending Female Genital Mutilation is not a choice””

  1. This is a serious human rights violation and we need everyone in the CSOS/NGOS settings to fight against this issue of Female genital mutilation in our communities/societies.
    Great work Marita and be rest assured we at BAWAC Cameroon will continue the fight against this evil practice.

  2. Very interesting topic… sensitisation campaigns can be carried out to inform of the dangers of FGM….more importantly it is a violation of human rights.

      1. I always feel very cold when I hear of female genital mutilation not to talk of seeing pictures or videos. I just thank God for advocates like you who stand against this nonsense and for those violated. Pray God blesses and give you more knowledge.

  3. It’s a nice article but i wish to make a recommendation, if you could try to relate how some cultural norms treats girls that have not undergone FGM, relating it to the reason why such is still prevalence especially in some parts of SW region Cameroon.

  4. We need to faight against this practice women and girls need their right to enjoy sex ready to faight against this practice thank u marita for this write up

  5. Cours my dear, together let’s fight against female genital mutilation. You have my support anytime any day.

    1. This is very tragic for the girl child who is subjected to go through FGM.
      Appart from awareness and education, the court should sentence perpetuators of the act under heavy media presence to send warning to others who still practice it. I swear to God if this kind of things was happening in my community, I would have long Name and Shame and bring perpetuators to book.

  6. This is really bad as some grown up of this said communities still practice this abominable act in the name of protection .The government needs to band this without second thoughts

  7. Ignorance will continue to beget ignorance if proper sensitization on the danger of this inhuman practice does not get to the hinterlands. FGM, a fight every girl child, boy Child, man and woman must win. The girl child is a precious jewel and needs all the care and love. Let a trauma-free environment be created for her as she grows up. With a trauma free girl child, peace and societal progress is guranteed.

  8. Wow! Indeed this is a very vital topic that should not only go viral but touch the minds of our people. This is a practice which I thought was only done by some ethnic groups in those days of our forefathers. But unfortunately, I’ve read and seen even ladies at the age group of 20s and above from Somalia who can’t easefully have their usual monthly flow bc the blood practically has very tiny or mo way to flow out. They virtually go through a lot trying to socialize. I strongly appreciate ur efforts trying to put up this didactic piece so as to educate the minds of our people. U are so wonderful Ms Nangkeng. Keep it up!

  9. It’s a very horrible practice. I did my thesis on FGM and during research in besongabang the results I had were frightening,many young girls had last their lives, some of them barren, so many broken marriages then I asked was the essence of this practice. Marita God bless you my dear for this write up. Together with FWiD we will end these crazy human rights violation against the women and girls child.

  10. Most women still practice this act of FGM on their female child(ren) without examining the consequences on the child. This might be seen as a traditional practice by some ethnic groups which have been practicing this for generations. Let’s try to spread awareness on the ills of this act to safe the future generation.
    #StopFGM
    #YesWeCan

  11. This is a great write up thanks for sharing. The pain alone is too much to bare talkless of the after effects. Say no to FGM

  12. This is a beautiful article. I just want you to organize workshops with the traditional leaders so that the local community will understand the implications of this practice.

  13. Thanks very much for hitting the hummer on the nail . I happen to come from a tribe where female genital mutilation and breast ironing was /is a traditional . We thank God for civilizations and awareness raising which has almost eradicated the act but it should be noted that, this practice still go on in the dark . Justice should take it course if found guilty bcus it’s a very strong form of GBV

  14. Oh Marita N. God bless you for this great work you are doing, take you to Higher heights. Increase amplifier on this advocacy. I wish we don’t only condemn verbally as men but truly take this to action. If men too could control their emotions and be disciplined, see the girl Child as a valuable and respectful creation, I believe that will lead to further decrease on this cuz men somewhere some way contribute. Yes this is gross human rights violation and it hurts me to see someone say this advocacy shouldn’t go viral, it rather should!. For no reason should a girl be deprived of her sexually, it’s not her fault to be born in that way..that’s part of what makes her a woman she is. FGM should be banned and anyone caught carrying that should face jail term and even worst like so do rapists. To my fellow men, Stand up for justice, and advocate for what is right. Many have bleed to death, some contracted diseases. It is better you don’t even conceive that be bewitch to carrying out FGM on your child. Why give life to someone and yet take it away? This girls did nothing to suffer till death. Value life, value sexuality, value and respect human rights.
    I hope our NGO, ASDPN in sometime to come include this in their programs. It’s not a girls fight alone but ours. #StopFG#TimeIsNow.

  15. FGM and.breast ironing, done by women to girls in the name of culture. Na who punish we so eh? Where did this kind of mentality come from?

    I believe there’s a lot being done to deconstruct mindset and attitudes towards acts like these. Never the less, we still need to do more of awareness raising when it concerns issues of sexual and reproductive health rights to women and girls especially because they are being misled to committing these acts and they also need to be educated about these things so that they can make informed choices, taking responsibility for their actions without putting themselves in harm’s way.

    All we can do is to keep advocating and raising awareness on such barbaric acts so together we can prevent these things from happening in our generation.

    Let’s not just be talkers about it, let’s be doers for actions speak louder than words.
    Thanks for sharing Marita

    Th

  16. This is wonderful,I love you passion advocating for the eradication of such in our society, we aren’t moving backward but forward and emerging, and have to emerge in all aspects👌🏾

  17. In some cultures, FGM is conducted as form of emancipation into Womanhood. Men in these communities shy away from uncircumcised girls and women. This have a ripple effect on those who say “no” to it. How then can we reconcile this?

  18. In some cultures, FGM is conducted as a form of emancipation into Womanhood. Men in these communities shy away from uncircumcised girls and women. This have a ripple effect on those who say “no” to it. How then can we reconcile this?

  19. FGM! What craziness is this! This is inhumane, a human right violation for the girl child, and will of cause affect them in their adult years. It is shameful to think cultures still condone such practices in this era and people need to be sensitized more about this violation so we are able to advocate against it! I myself have not heard of this until today as we are not familiar with it in our culture. It is indeed saddening…

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