Read This To Understand Issues Around Female Circumcision
Surprisingly, some circumcised females do not even know their genital was mutilated at a tender age while others are made to go through the pains later in life to be considered adults.
Somewhere in Delta State in the early 90s the later evil was largely practiced.
Female genital mutilation or female circumcision practiced mostly in Africa has persisted even in the 21st century.
Most people who practice it do so in the name of tradition, culture, religion or in the name of ensuring that women are to take on subservient roles to the men they will eventually marry.
Some others believe girls that are not circumcised are promiscuous, having insatiable desire for sex.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says globally, over 200 million women and girls are estimated to have undergone some form of genital mutilation and girls aged 14 and younger account for about 44 million of those who have been “cut.”
It has negative impact on the individual, a doctor told Bounce News and that is one thing everyone that practises female circumcision should have in mind.
To bring an end to this practice which is now considered a violation of human rights, the United Nations set aside February 6, as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, on Monday condemned the practice of female genital mutilation, saying 'genital mutilation is not acceptable in the 21st century'.
Wickramanayake spoke at an international forum in the Gambia on strategies to combat the practice, a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.
The UN youth envoy underscored that the ghastly practice was an aversion to the human rights of millions and kept them from achieving their full potential.
According UNFPA, although the practice is declining in many countries where it is prevalent, many of these countries also experience a high rate of population growth.
This means that the number of girls who undergo genital mutilation will continue to grow if efforts are not significantly scaled up, UNFPA said.
UN Member States had called for eliminating female genital mutilation as well as other harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage, in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – target 5.3.
A Consultant Family Physician, Dr. Ademola Orolu, told Bounce News that female circumcision comes with excruciating pains.
He says genitals may heal with a scar.
“Psychologically, some persons may have reduced libido because the sensitive area has been cut off,” he said.
One other side-effect of the practice is that if the procedure gets contaminated, infection could occur.
The doctor emphasised that there is no advantage of the practice, insisting that it should be abolished.
Female circumcision is now considered globally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women that perpetuates deep-rooted inequality between the sexes.