In my previous post, I highlighted what FGM is and why communities go for it even though the idea is not welcomed by human rights organizations. Let’s now see different forms of female Genital Mutilation which our women and girls go through in the name of adulthood.
This is excision or removal of the clitoral hood with or without the removal of all or part of clitoris.
It is the removal of clitoris together with part or all labia minors (the inner vagina lips). This is the most widely practised form of FGM.
The removal of the external genitalia (clitoris, labia minors and labia majora) stitching and narrowing down of the vagina opening leaving a small opening about the size of a match stick to allow for the flow of urine and menstrual blood.
The pricking or incision of the clitoris and or labia. This sometimes is done through stretching of the clitoris or labia, burning of the clitoris and the surrounding tissues, use of herbs to tighten or narrow the vagina, use of corrosives substances and put into vagina to cause bleeding.
If you have read this, you may agree with me that this is really inhuman and should be discouraged using the strongest term possible.
Women and girls who go through this is a real torture. Some are forced and so they don’t do it willingly. Our women should be given a chance to make their choices and being sensitized on such issues.
FGM denies young girls their education rights as they are ready to be married off immediately after they undergo the cut.
This risk their lives too as they can end up contracting diseases or even die in the process.
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