Survey reveals shocking facts about Female Genital Mutilation in Bohra community

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In their joint statement the organisations said: "On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation we confirm our firm resolve to put an end to this practice which is painful, traumatic and causes long-term health consequences. Almost 200 million around the world live with its effects, the United Nations says..."

Kamau said women should be able to choose to undergo the practice.

"At the global level, together with the United Nations, we have launched an unprecedented initiative the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls". It is usually performed on girls between the ages of five and eight, though this does vary depending on the community.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a widespread practice in Africa, the Middle East, and regions known for heavily adhering to outdated traditions and customs. "Yet, population trends in some of the world's poorest countries where female genital mutilation persists threaten to roll back our progress".

"Women who have undergone genital mutilation can experience complications during childbirth, including postpartum haemorrhage, stillbirth and early neonatal death In addition to its physical risks, FGM/C is a violation of girls' and women's fundamental human rights". FGM can also cause familial strain and can cause women to feel shame throughout their lives, making it hard to form healthy, intimate relationships.

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She said, "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". This information was revealed in the first qualitative report released on Monday, by Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor in New Delhi titled, 'The Clitoral Hood a Contested Site: Khafd or Female Genital mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India.' The Indian participants were from 13 locations across five states: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Kerala. Khafz is a harmless cultural and religious practice, unique to the Dawoodi Bohra community.

According to women's rights charity Forward, 137,000 girls and women in the United Kingdom are living with FGM and over 130 million worldwide have undergone an FGM procedure.

The challenges are mainly attitudinal and the issues of cross border practice. The study aimed to look into the relationship between men and women in rural areas and how they perceived FGM. It is also practised by migrants and foreign nationals in the country. "The end goal is increasing the level of education among women so that they don't do these practices on their daughters".

Subsequently, the minister promised to bring a law as well as write to the Syedna, the spiritual leader of the community, asking him to enforce a ban.

As we mark this day as part of our combined efforts with the United Nations and other social activist parties, we must remind ourselves that the elimination of FGM is a key target under SDGoal 5, We therefore call on our friends from the media to send this information to the furthest parts of the country and let the public know that the practice of FGM is a crime in Ghana.

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