Today, February 6, marks International Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not just painful. It is not just permanent. It is not just paternalistic. It is fundamentally threatening to the life and health – both physical and psychological – of the 140 women worldwide who have been subjected to it as girls. The risk of infection, illness, pre-and post-pregnancy complications and even neonatal death are greatly increased by the practice – not to mention weighty societal and cultural shame, isolation, and serious ramifications for the woman if complications are deemed sufficiently displeasing to her husband or family.
All this for the sole purpose of curbing the sexuality of females. To learn more about FGM, click the image.
Six thousand girls and young women are cut daily. That is the bad news.
The good news is that today, more than ever, awareness of the severe harms of female genital mutilation are reaching the public. Human rights activists in all spheres of influence – from the halls of government to the footpaths of rural villages – are taking up the cause of women around the world, and raising the alarm with an aim at stopping female genital mutilation wherever possible.
Whether this means the creation of legislation, the exercise of judicial power, the training of medical care facilities, and the bolstering of women’s and girls’ rights organizations – or the education of mothers and daughters who have never had the tools to take a stand – progress is happening. Right at this very minute. Now. Now. Now.
If you are reading this, it is because the pain of girls and women you do not know cries out to your heart. It is because you know that something must be done to restore the innocence and freedom to millions of sisters. It is because you believe that change can happen.
Inform yourself about female genital mutilation, and bring the cause of these women to light. Watch this exclusive clip from ‘Honor Diaries‘, join us on Facebook and Twitter, host a screening, and join us as we join hands in the fight against the subjugation of women.