Daring To Speak Up. No More Pain.

Last year, Wednesday March 18th at 2:45pm, while hosting my radio show I received a young lady caller crying uncontrollably. After calming her down, she expressed that her 18th birthday is approaching and she's scheduled to be circumcised. I became instantly speechless, angry and scared. What could, should or would I do? I could not imagine the process or procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Although, recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, current trend continues. the number of girls and women subjected to FGM/C will increase significantly over the next 15 years.

According to the data, girls aged 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut, with the highest prevalence of FGM among this age in Gambia at 56% and Mauritania 54%.

In Indonesia, around half of girls aged 11 and younger have undergone the practice.

Countries with the highest prevalence among girls and women aged 15 to 49 are Somalia 98%, Guinea 97% and Djibouti 93%. In most of the countries the majority of girls were cut before reaching their fifth birthdays. The practice is carried out for social, religious, and cultural reasons. It is considered a human rights issue. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM in 30 countries.

There are varying types of FGM, ranging in severity.

Type 1: Clitoridectomy

In this practice, the clitoris is partially or completely removed. The clitoris is the most sensitive erogenous zone of a woman and the main cause of her sexual pleasure.

Type 2: Excision

The clitoris and labia minora are partially or completely removed. It may also include the removal of the labia majora. The labia are the lips that surround the vagina.

Type 3: Infibulation

The vaginal opening is narrowed, and a covering seal is created. The inner or outer labia are cut and repositioned. This practice may or may not include the removal of the clitoris. Other procedures include cauterizing, scraping, incising, pricking, or piercing the genital area, for reasons other than medical purpose.

Every girl wants to become the woman of her dreams. To live life to its full potential. That is no difference in Africa. Please join us @amrefhealthafrica in celebrating the power of women all over the world, for Africa. Speak up and bring awareness about current traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Help cultivate healthy & happier communities by daring to speak up and help end #FGM. Join and support @amrefhealthafrica where girls are empowered to continue their education, and become the women of their dreams. #amref,#endfgm,#nomorepain #endfgm2030 #ZeroTolerance. #sexualhealth @saxyb @trulysaxyb @saxybutler