120 Girls Circumcised in Uganda Last Week

5 12 2010

It is horrifically ironic that this took place in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Towards Women.  Read this article in the New Vision:

Link: 120 Sabiny girls circumcised

SOME cried. Some were confused. Others still traumatised, while many were left speechless.They looked on in disbelief as a local female surgeon tried in vain thrice, probably using a very blunt knife, to cut off a girl’s clitoris.

She then asked for another, similarly blunt knife and to make it work, applied extra force, going back and forth, the way a saw cuts into timber. The girl struggled not to show fear and to contain her trembling, which is culturally unacceptable and would have attracted scorn and ridicule from the attentive crowd.

As blood gushed from her private parts, the crowd urged the girls: “Be strong! You are almost done! Remain calm!”

You can find more information and ways to take action in my earlier post, “Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Eastern Uganda.”

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

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Female Genital Mutilation Continues in Eastern Uganda

12 11 2010

Female circumcision and Ugandan politics
Thursday 11 November 2010 / by Geof Magga

Although Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM) has been condemned by international bodies as an abuse of human rights, a vast majority of people from the Sebei tribe in Uganda still practice the dangerous tradition.

via Female circumcision and Ugandan politics – Afrik-news.com : Africa news, Maghreb news – The african daily newspaper.

Female Genital Mutilation is still Widespread

While the practice is limited in Uganda, according to the Stop FGM Now campaign, “over three million girls a year are still being victims of genital mutilation today, not only in Africa and Asia, but also in Europe, the USA and Australia.”

The World Health Organization estimates that between 100 and 140 million women worldwide are currently living with the results of female genital mutilation.

Questions:

How do you resist when your cultural identity requires that you subject yourself to an agonizing act that can have lifelong medical complications?

Is it right for outsiders, like Uganda’s federal government or international rights organizations, to tell an ethnic group that they can no longer practice their traditions?

How can a mother want her daughters to be subjected to this? (sorry, I know my own bias is coming through here)

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Resources and How to Take Action:

World Health Organization Fact Sheet on FGM

Stop FGM Now

End FGM European Campaign

Buy “Stop FGM” Products

This is a practice that needs to stop.

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala