Danger behind a Ritual
by jessica.chouinard on November 3, 2013 - 4:54pm
In purpose of this article is to bring attention to UNICEF wanting to end female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation is a ritual of cutting girls’ genitals. This ritual is practice by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities (BBC New Africa, 2013). One of the main points and certainly needed when trying to understand these communities is the reason behind the ritual. These communities practice FGM with the belief that it protects women’s virginity and woman marriageable (BBC New Africa, 2013). In Additional, a survey was made and it was found that the support for FGM was declining and that girls are less likely to get cut now than they would have 30 years ago. It is stated that the FGM ritual is a violation of girl’s right to health, well-being and self-determination (BBC New Africa, 2013). The last main point in this that FGM can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth (BBC News Africa, 2013). What makes the issue chosen a social problem is that there is a difference between the ideal situation and the situation that is happening right now. This social problem is also affecting groups of people because it is affecting women in many countries. It also makes it a social problem because there is a solution to this issue.
Although I understand the belief behind female genital manipulation, I believe that it needs to stop. It is violating girls right to health by creating severe bleeding, problems urinating, infection, infertility and increasing risk of newborn deaths. Female genital manipulation is something that is not talked about but that should be. I believe that if more people talked about it, then it will raise awareness and might help stop FGM.