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Female genital mutilation not acceptable: UN

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Female genital mutilation was not acceptable in the 21st century, said Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, speaking at an international forum in Gambia on strategies to combat the practice.

She said it was not acceptable and this was done in the name of tradition, culture, and religion or in the name of ensuring that women were to take on subservient roles to men they will eventually marry.

“This is not acceptable in the 21st century,” she added.

She said globally, over 200 million women and girls were estimated to have undergone some form of genital mutilation and girls aged 14 and younger account for about 44 million of those who had been “cut.”

“According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), although the practice is declining in many countries where it is prevalent, many of these countries also experiencing a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo genital mutilation will continue to grow if efforts are not significantly scaled up,” she added.

She said in one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – agreed to by all UN Member States – had called for eliminating female genital mutilation as well as other harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and countries too had also stepped up their efforts.

“History has taught us that human societies can come up with reprehensible social practices – that are justified under false guises – to strengthen the power structures or maintain the status quo for certain groups in society,” she said.

“Luckily we also know that social practice is not static and that it can change as our understanding evolves,” she said.

  Comments - 18

  • lkboy Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:30 PM

    Most Sri Lankans don't practice this barbaric act.

    tarzan Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:02 PM

    what about male ???

    Jana Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:56 PM

    Islam has many requirents that are not compatible in today' set up. The UN should also speak up against Sharia and Blasphemy laws.Jana

    Sumal Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:41 PM

    I just googled it. It appear a pre-Islamic cultural norm and Islam is trying to eliminate it for the last 1400 years. Check your information is right or not.

    curious Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:56 PM

    @sumal. That doesn't seem logical. Male circumcision is very much a part of Islam, isn't it? I am just curious.

    Fayaz Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:19 PM

    Can you name a few please ?

    Arnold Friday, 09 February 2018 11:58 AM

    Blasphemy laws are every where. Try shouting "Holocaust was a hoax" in Europe, and use the N world in USA. Freedom of speech ends where the other person starts to get hurt. Second, male circumcision is proven to be healthy, and Jews do it as well. And female circumcision is NOT a part of Islam.

    M O Daya Friday, 09 February 2018 03:49 PM

    Curious - the talk is of female genital mutilation, This is far different to male circumcision - not only muslims, but a whole lot of hygiene conscious people resort to this. Remember that cutting off an unwanted part such as the foreskin is not within the definition of mutilation .

    fareed Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:03 PM

    Well, this is not a religious practice but an African culture. Whether UN accept or rejects doesn't matter to those people who practice. People who are Secular or follow Atheism should not impose their will on people who want to keep what they believe as sacred.

    dinesh Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:08 PM

    what you dont consider is that the person inflicted with this barbaric practice does not have a say ! are we still living in the dark ages??

    atheist Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:27 PM

    Spoken like a true barbarian. Do you mean even human sacrifice should be allowed if it's in a religion?

    das Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:33 PM

    Believing that a man in the sky created you is Ok and harmless, but madness like this should be banned.

    rational Thursday, 08 February 2018 06:54 PM

    How about when the male elders in a certain community impose their will on women and don't even let them wear what they want?

    Aruj Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:02 PM

    This is an African tradition that believes that women should not enjoy from the temptation offered by the clitoris,hence it is removed by surgery by traditional doctors.

    Ikbal Thursday, 08 February 2018 07:41 PM

    If we believe the god and he is perfect ,then we humans have no right to challenge his Creation who are not having the faith with god do that

    logical Friday, 09 February 2018 11:39 AM

    If a perfect god was there, bad things wouldn't happen to people.Since bad things do happen either god doesn't exist or he allows these things to happen.If he exists and allows these things to happen, it's either because he has no control or it is to test us or for some such reason. In either case he is not perfect.So either god doesn't exist or if he does, he is not perfect.

    NDeS Friday, 09 February 2018 12:21 PM

    Do you believe in ghosts as well?

    nilam Friday, 09 February 2018 10:05 PM

    human body is a creation of god,doing revision to that is opposing his to his authority

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