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Female genital mutilation will take centuries to eradicate, U.N. says

By Emma Batha

 

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A badge reads "The power of labor aginst FGM" is seen on a volunteer during a conference on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Cairo, Egypt February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

 

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female genital mutilation (FGM) will take centuries to eradicate despite world leaders promising to end the practice by 2030, according to United Nations data released on Thursday.

 

FGM remains as common today as 30 years ago in Somalia, Mali, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Chad and Senegal, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said, while countries making progress need to change at least 10 times faster to meet the 2030 goal.

 

"Some countries are not moving at all and those that are moving are not moving fast enough," UNICEF analyst Claudia Cappa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

 

"It will take centuries if they continue at the same rate."

 

Estimated to affect at least 200 million girls and women globally, FGM causes multiple mental and physical health problems. A 12-year-old girl recently died in Egypt after undergoing FGM. [nL8N2A06EY]

 

FGM typically involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia. Sometimes the vaginal opening is sewn up.

 

The practice is most closely linked to 30 predominantly African countries, but UNICEF said it may be practiced in about 50 countries including in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

 

Although no high prevalence country is on track to meet the 2030 goal, Cappa said attitudes were changing in many places.

 

In countries affected by FGM, seven in 10 women think the practice should end, and half of women who have themselves been cut would like to see it stop, according to the report published on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

 

The most dramatic decline in recent decades has been in the Maldives, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, where FGM used to affect nearly 40% of girls and women, but has now been virtually eradicated.

 

UNICEF also voiced concern about increased "medicalisation" of FGM hampering global efforts to end the practice.

 

About a quarter of girls and women who have undergone FGM were cut by a doctor, midwife or other health worker as opposed to a traditional circumciser, UNICEF said.

 

"Doctor-sanctioned mutilation is still mutilation. Trained health-care professionals who perform FGM violate girls' fundamental rights, physical integrity and health," executive director Henrietta Fore said.

 

"Medicalising the practice does not make it safe, moral, or defensible."

 

(Reporting by Emma Batha @emmabatha; Editing by Katy Migiro. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)

 

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If one would suggest "eradicating the perpetrating element", this would probably go over badly?

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Notice how the UN has all sorts of grand schemes for the year 2030??

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Ignorant savages beat them down imo catch them and have at it I’m sorry to be so graphic but I don’t care about their (culture) or their (religion) you hurt little girls you get hurt period

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Declare it attempted manslaughter immediately and deal with the full force of the law. Educate parents and caretakers with daily TV clips and ads and make sure that the younger generation still at school in upper classes are being fully educated too. Graphic pictures of dead girls might help. 

Stone age, and we're moving further back every day 😞 

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It is a barbaric practice that should have already been condemned many years ago.

100 percent of women in the world should be against this horrible procedure, not 70 

percent. Shame on anyone who is involved with these continuing mutilations.

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

In countries affected by FGM, seven in 10 women think the practice should end, and half of women who have themselves been cut would like to see it stop

This is strange statistic regarding the answers. 7 out of every 10, when it in reality should be 10 out of 10. Out of the ones already been cut, the answer statistics are even more peculiar.

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6 hours ago, alant said:

Is this because the practitioners are from protected ethnic and religious groups?

You hit the nail on the4 head, This barbaric Practices is going on in Britain today.

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i'm a member of an ngo fighting this plague. i've seen pics so cruel and inhuman i sometimes have nightmares

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