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Nigerian President Signs Bill for Complete Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

As one of his last acts, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has made history and has banned female genital mutilation.

The new law prohibits female circumcision or genital mutilation, forceful ejection from home, and harmful widowhood practices.

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

UNICEF video on female genital mutilation:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immediate complications can include severe pain, shock, hemorrhage (bleeding), tetanus or sepsis (bacterial infection), urine retention, open sores in the genital region, and injury to nearby genital tissue.

Long-term consequences can include:

  • Recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections;
  • Cysts;
  • Infertility;
  • An increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths;
  • The need for later surgeries. For example, the FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening (type 3 above) needs to be cut open later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth. Sometimes it is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing both immediate and long-term risks.

In 2012, the United Nations (U.N.) banned FGM worldwide. Even though the practice has been outlawed in a number of Nigerian states, this is the first time that the entire country has committed to stopping FGM.

WHO states FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
WHO states FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors, and is a violation of the rights of children. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

UNICEF released a report in 2013 stating that 19.9 million girls and women ages 15 to 49 have undergone genital mutilation in Nigeria.

Inquisitr reported: “Women’s advocate groups rejoiced with the good news. However, they are also concerned that the banning of genital mutilation will not entirely eradicate the problem. The practice of genital mutilation has been around for more than a thousand years, and the act is deeply rooted in many cultures.”

I hope that with this ban and some re-education, it will lessen FGM/C and it will eventually stop.

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Wilma Oakes
When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.

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