Femalecircumcision is the act where woman’s clitoris and labia are cutoff in line with the cultural requirements of the given community,and is usually done when the child is either is at a very tender ageor during puberty. For generations, women circumcisions have beencarried out by the communities that support such practices withoutany restrictions or challenges. However, it has emerged that theinternational health organizations are against the practice on thegrounds of health hazards that it poses to these unsuspecting women.Besides, there have been many campaigns going around fighting this‘vice’ and to ensure complete eradication. Though I agree withthe call for the elimination of these body mutilations on women, Istill believe that the international organizations need to changetheir strategy on how they approach the issue on female circumcision.
Femalegenital mutilation exposes women to a lot of health hazards, some ofwhich include infections, excessive bleeding, tissue swellings, andrisks of HIV infection, psychological consequences and sometimes evendeath. It is good that the international organizations are fightingto end the mutilations all they should understand is the fact thatthese women do not need saving but rather understanding. Contrary todominant beliefs that the women are forced into circumcision by themen and that it is against their will, the majority of them face thecut with pride and anticipation. They are proud of the cultural riteof passage for it is the only way to womanhood they know andunderstand. Forcing women out of the cultural act of circumcision islike denying them their right to womanhood. Furthermore, such actscontradict the international community’s multicultural promotions,for circumcision is a cultural practice in such communities.
Itis my belief that finding a way of encouraging the communities out ofFGM would serve a better role in its eradication, as opposed toriding on the negativity campaign with the hope that the people willsee the sense. It is even worse that the western people control mostof these health organizations fighting against FGM, the same peopleassociated with body tattooing as well as gender alterations throughsurgery modifications that people find unpleasant and derogatoryeven. The best solution at the moment would be to show thecommunities how such practices can be done safely, for that would beeasier than trying to make people abandon such centuries-old culturalbeliefs overnight.