KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF (FMG)
Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) or some called Female circumcision
When will men, fathers, brothers and future husbands remove their hands of girls and women? When will women be given the right to own their own bodies and parts of their bodies? When will the extreme control and hatred towards women bodies and private parts be stopped? When will FMG be banned from all countries? When will people get enlightened that it has nothing to do with Islam, because Islam calls for sexual pleasure in a lawful and legally binding marriage and makes certain it is achieved in both sexes, be maintained and sought after between a man and woman in lawful and legal marriage, and in fact can be a good reason for a woman to ask for divorce. In spite of these religious facts, FMG is practiced the most in Muslim countries in Africa and Asia.
Accordingly to WHO, FGM 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. The WHO also states that “under no circumstances should FMG be performed by health professionals or in health establishment”. But do the countries like, the Sudan, Indonesia, Yemen, and Egypt listen to WHO?
FMG was banned in 2006 and 2010 legislation in Indonesia, yet the government allowed is as long as it is performed by medical professionals. In post-Mubarak Egypt, a new draft constitution has been heavily criticized for failing to protect women’s rights. In fact, Dr. Mohamed Kandil suggests that “the procedure should be allowed and offered to parents who insist on it; because otherwise they will do it illegally and then would subject the girl to all sorts of harm and reasoning.
What kind of reasoning is this? Instead of banning it all together, allowing it because parents will do it anyway? Instead of enlightening the parents, go ahead with their sick habits and perform it?
As the article cited states, Dr. Kandil ignores all knowledge of the reproductive, sexual and psychological health risks and complication associated with FMG. The article adds that Dr. Kandil also disregards Hippocratic Oath, which he has taken as a trained medical doctor and which specifically requires him to keep his patients safe from harm and injustice. Furthermore, the article adds that Dr. Kandil omits any reference to the fact that the previous ban on medicalised FGM in Egypt was due in most part to the death of a twelve-year-old girl in 2007, following a FGM procedure performed by a trained medical professional. To authors of the article, the medicalisation of FGM does not work on any level – apart from providing financial benefit to those who perform this dangerous and unnecessary procedure. I would like to add, that it also works on increasing the control, harassment and violence towards women in the name of so-called habits and traditions.