Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM involves altering/injuring the female external genitalia for purposes that are not medical.

It can be categorized into 4 subcategories

  • type 1 (clitoridectomy) – removing part or all of the clitoris
  • type 2 (excision) – removing part or all of the clitoris and the inner labia (the lips that surround the vagina), with or without removal of the labia majora (the larger outer lips)
  • Type 3 – . (infibulation) Removal of the clitoris, labia minora, and the intersection of the labia majora. The labia majora sides are then sewn together leaving a small hole for urine and menstrual blood to pass through.
  • other harmful procedures to the female genitals, including pricking, piercing, cutting, scraping or burning the area

According to Kenya Demographic and Health Survey Results (2014), the national prevalence of FGM stands at 21%, meaning some communities still encourage the practice to date. The United Nation (UN) adopted a resolution to ban FGM worldwide for it’s not just illegal but a total violation of one’s Human Rights.

It carries a myriad of complications such as, severe pain, hemorrhage, tetanus/infection, urine retention, wound sepsis, UTIs and fevers among others. One may also experience complications during childbirth that may result to unwanted cesarean section and lack of self-esteem due to loss of the esthetic look of the genitalia.

This brings us to the questions:

Is it possible not to be cut and end up being a good wife?

Can one be morally upright without being cut?

Is it possible to excel in their education and careers without the cut?

One thought on “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)”

  1. Robert Ohuru Nyambuka May 25, 2022 at 7:05 am

    Yes it is possible to 3 questions above we must condemn GBV

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