In most parts of the world, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) continues to rob girls of their lives. Thus, activists all over the world are clamouring for zero tolerance for FGM. Undeniably, there should be a zero-tolerance for FGM in every part of the world because it is inhuman.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
It is recognized globally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. A victim of FGM could suffer untold physical and physiological effects throughout their entire life. It damages healthy female genital tissues and interferes with the natural function of a woman’s body.
It could also lead to severe pain, excessive genital tissue swelling, fever and urinary infections. The practice is steeped in religious and cultural beliefs.
There is misconception that victims of FGM are poor and uneducated but, according to statistics, it occurs even in the most advanced societies. Every girl is a potential victim regardless of class, race, culture and location.
Ama, an FGM survivor once narrated the adverse effects she suffers as a result of FGM. She was an unlikely victim and didn’t think it could happen to her. Her parents were well to do, educated, professionals and were respectable members of society.
Ama, now an advocate for the total eradication of FGM recommends stiffer punishment for perpetrators and rehabilitation for victims.
She also suggests mounting a community education campaign geared towards changing mindsets and informing people about the effects of FGM on victims.
Although it is difficult to eradicate, the WHO is not giving up and is calling others through the observance of the day to join the fight against FGM.
Zero tolerance is possible; it takes a dedicated society to achieve such a goal. Everyone is encouraged to get on board by keeping a watchful eye and exposing perpetrators.