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Female Genital Mutilation is more prevalent in certain parts of the world, and in societies that are dominated by certain religions. (Is that politically correct enough?) So, we see a greater than 97% FGM rate in Somalia, a Muslim-ruled society, while right next door in Kenya, a predominantly Christian society, the rate is less than 27%. [1] Similar statistics are found that correlate religion and FGM in other countries as well. Therefore, it is not entirely possible to separate the practice of FGM from the religious norms of the community as a whole. Still, FGM is a human rights issue more than a religious issue, more specifically a women's rights issue. Even more specifically, an issue affecting children, as this procedure is most often done on girls of a young age (under 10 years old). And, without anesthesia. FGM is not required in Islam, indeed according to one source only the least severe form of FGM is allowed in Islam but in many parts of the world where FGM is traditional people mistakenly believer it is an Islammic requirement. [2]


The World Health Organization states: "Female genital mutilation has no known health benefits. On the contrary, it is known to be harmful to girls and women in many ways... and causes immediate and long-term health consequences... babies born to women who have undergone female genital mutilation suffer a higher rate of neonatal death compared with babies born to women who have not undergone the procedure... Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. Female genital mutilation is nearly always carried out on minors and is therefore a violation of the rights of the child. " [3]

References

  1. http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/prevalence/en/index.html
  2. FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
  3. http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/overview/en/

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