Monday, April 23, 2012

Female Genital Mutilation

While this blog focuses on autism I have written numerous times that autism is not the only issue in the world. I have begun to write also about the abuses and misogyny in the world that goes unchecked. No I am not writing about the nonsense that insurance companies won't pay for condoms of adults who want to engage in sex. I am talking about the real abuses of persons simply because they are women. This is not first world "spoiled" women's issues, but third world life and death issues.

In the Guardian yesterday there was an article that discussed the practice  of female genital mutilation in the UK. It states that over 100,000 girls in the UK have been genitally mutilated. This consists of the removing of the clitoris, the labia and the sewing together of the genital area, leaving only a small area for urine to escape.

There is no medical benefit in reality or theorized, to this "custom." It was instituted to remove any sexual desire from female family members so that they do not dishonor the male members of their family. If this happens, if a female member of the family is perceived as having been sexually indiscreet, then the family members usually the father and brothers will kill her. Honor murder, an accepted part of eastern culture, is another issue of women's rights that has now began to pervade the west. HERE, HERE, HERE

According to the World Heath Organization there is believed to be between 140 to 100 million women who have undergone female genital mutilation. With 92 million in Africa alone.  READ HERE.

Meanwhile watch these clips about fgm. None of what follows should be watched by children.






View Female genital mutilation and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki.



More articles on fgm:

FGM Rife in Egypt
FGM from the World Health Organization
FGM and the Silence of the Left
In Kapchorwa
Voice of America


For more information on fgm:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation

Directory of anti-FGM organizations:










END FGM
- European campaign, run by Amnesty International Ireland with support from NGO's - facebook
STOP FGM/C
- international campaign using the media (print, broadcast & web) to bring an end to FGM - facebook
GLOBAL ALLIANCE AGAINST FGM
- founded in 2010, Canadian-German run portal/organisation which aims to bring anti-FGM voices together
TASK FORCE FGM
- protecting European girls from Female Genital Mutilation - twitter - facebook (German language)
STOP FGM NOW!
- unites associations, companies and individuals in an effort to put an end to FGM - twitter - facebook
END FGM NOW/JULIA LALLA-MAHARAJH
- independent voice fighting against FGM - twitter - facebook - blog
MASHUA AGAINST FGM
- blog by Kenyan woman, assisting US refugees who have suffered from FGM - twitter - facebook
WHOA! aka The Alliance For Protection Of Girls From FGM
- founded by eight organisations - twitter
THE FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/CUTTING NEWS BLOG
- bringing together the latest FGM global news stories
THE FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING EDUCATION & NETWORKING PROJECT
- disseminating material related to FGM
2 MILLION PEOPLE AGAINST FEMALE CIRCUMCISION
- facebook group, now numbering over 300,000 members
FORWARD UK
- UK: African Diaspora campaigning for rights of African girls/women & against FGM/Forced child marriage
FGM NATIONAL CLINICAL GROUP
- small NHS department run by the UK's Royal College Of Nursing
CLITORAID - Restoring A Sense Of Pleasure & Dignity
- medically rebuilding female clitoris' - you can adopt a clitoris here
SOSFGM - German Emergency Helpline
- Get legal help, inform on planned mutilations, and FGM education (German language only)
+ some German organizations working to end FGM, can be found here (click logo's on right of page




It is only when we get angry about issues that do not effect us directly do we fulfill our duty as human beings.

Until next time,



Elise