Words of Wisdom:

"A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless." - Jeffryma

Female Genital Mutilation

  • Date Submitted: 04/26/2012 03:04 PM
  • Flesch-Kincaid Score: 49.3 
  • Words: 1145
  • Essay Grade: no grades
  • Report this Essay
  FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is a long-standing cultural practice of the removal of some or all of the clitoris, and more often than not, some or all of the labia minora. The more extreme form of FGM is known as infibulation. Infibulation is the process in which the external part of the female genitalia is cut and the vaginal opening is stitched and sometimes reduced or narrowed, only leaving a small opening for urine and menstrual blood. However, the procedure of infibulation can or may be undone, and later redone, to accommodate the act of sexual intercourse and childbirth.

  The practice of Female Genital Mutilation has become a big issue of concern due to the victims of this practice, the active engagement of concerned persons and Non-governmental organizations. These Non-governmental organizations such as United Nations, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization have helped a great amount in creating public awareness about FGM in developing countries, and in already developed countries as well.   The have created awareness with regards to the effects and future strategies to help put an end to what is one of the most biggest violations of female human rights.

  Despite the efforts by the United Nations and other countries to ban the practice of FGM, Female Genital Mutilation will be likely to continue because of its cultural practice worldwide, the link it has with the economy, and the political issues that it possesses.

  FGM is a cultural identity practice. Female Genital Mutilation is most commonly practiced in more than 27 countries in Africa. FGM is also practiced in various communities in Malaysia and Indonesia. Not only that, but FGM is also common among small communities in Australia, North America and as well as Europe. In Africa (more specifically Sierra Leone) the Bondo initiation, which involves the ritual of Female Genital Mutilation, is seen as a right of passage for young ladies and gives them the knowledge needed to...


Express your owns thoughts and ideas on this essay by writing a grade and/or critique.

  1. No comments