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08

Sierra Leone: Women Protest In Favor of Female Genital Mutilation

Sierra Leone women demonstrate for ‘traditional’ mutilation

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FREETOWN (AFP) – Some 800 women in the Sierra Leone town of Kailahun paraded Tuesday in favour of genital mutilation and told donors opposed to the practice to keep their money, demonstrators and witnesses said.

Women wearing colourful beads and adorned with seashells chanted songs in the local dialect that warned authorities and foreign organisations against “any attempt to take away our traditional ritual.”

A group called the National Emancipation for Progress has led workshops and seminars to have FGM banned in Sierra Leone, but faces opposition from people who hold the practice is harmless, promotes marital fidelity and is in tune with religious values.

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H/T Dj Konservo

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11 Responses to “Sierra Leone: Women Protest In Favor of Female Genital Mutilation”


  1. March 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, Gooooooooooooddddddddddddd!!! Sorry, but this is a SHAME… I have been writing about this before and it is horrible with huge (bad) consequences for the girls and no real need for it.

    And with no explanation in Western media neither…

    • 2 StacyDifrancesco
      June 1, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      I had it done to me in United States. I was duped into going to hospital after a friendly dentist visit. In emergency while I was unconscious, someone put a catheter in my vagina as an excuse. I pulled it out. I was so sore by clitoral area. It was gone. They hurried me out and said I was crazy. I want the doctor in jail.

  2. March 6, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, Gooooooooooooddddddddddddd!!! Sorry, but this is a SHAME…

    DITTO!

  3. March 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for posting this here, Scarlett. The word needs to get to as many people as possible.

  4. March 6, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Not a problem. YW

    Knowledge is power.

  5. 6 Jess
    April 3, 2008 at 6:58 am

    i have to say that i find these posts to be very closed minded. i am actually doing a study on fgm at the mome and am actually starting to understand it. if u investigate it more, you will find that not all fgm ceremonies are done in pain. alot of the girls acutally look forward to it and in some cases there is anesthetic involved. i totally understand where u guys are coming from. i was the same before i started this research assignment. i recommend that you investigate this more if u find it interesting or demeaningful. i think there still is a cultural barrier that wont be broken ever. im not saying im on the side of fgm. because im not. but it is part of their culture and its the only way that they can get accepted into society. imnot sure what i believe but. if this practice was to continue, i believe there should be an age e.g. 16, and at that age u get to choose urself wether you want to undergo the procudure or not. even though this is not up to me. i am only half way through my research and study. i would love to hear more information and comments from others. im not a feminist. but i wouldnt say that im not not a feminist. i look forward to hearing your thoughts.

  6. April 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Jess,

    1) If you want to be taken seriously, spell out the word “you,” use apostrophes and capitalize the appropriate letters in your sentences.
    Here:
    http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/capital.html
    http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/apostrop.html

    2) You state:

    i believe there should be an age e.g. 16, and at that age u get to choose urself wether you want to undergo the procudure or not.

    FGM/FGC is, in fact, torture and mutilation inflicted upon girls who are not yet ten years of age. Putting aside the pain, humiliation, and disfigurement, it causes infection, infertility, and death.

    3) It doesn’t matter if you are feminist or not, mutilating another human being is wrong, period.

    4) I myself have done research on the topic, I suggest you do a bit more.

    p.s. I also believe that the tradition male circumcision performed in Africa and parts of the Arab world with unsanitized cutting instruments in the wilderness needs to stop.

  7. April 3, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Well done Konservo. Concise and straight to the point. I may pipe in later. For now I am concerned about severe storms overhead. May have to go off line till they blow over.

    Oh and your comments were placed in moderation. The multiple links were likely the reason. I have removed the duplicate.

  8. 9 Christine M. Scott
    April 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    HEY WHAT do you expect? They’re in a society so controlled by men, that their obligation is to cater to the men’s needs..also if that’s all they’ve known and it hasn’t been proven that they can overcome and have a healthy life without that mutilation, of course they’re going to protest. I know it’s so sad. It’s the equivalent to the hundreds of Polygamist wives in favor of the way their children are molested by their fathers and sisters and brothers….it occurs WITHIN their society, their world, and is something so sacred that they will fight to keep it despite all of the internal corruption.

  9. 10 tara
    April 23, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    harmless? marital fidelity? religious values….ah ha! that explains it. this isn’t the worst of things done in the name of “some” religion or primitive culture…

    AFRICA-ASIA: Razor’s Edge: The Controversy of Female Genital Mutilation

    NAIROBI, 8 March 2005 (IRIN Film & TV) – Female circumcision is a celebrated custom that dates back more than 4,000 years.

    Commonly associated with religion, the reality of this ancient custom is that its roots lie far deeper in culture.

    When this girl had her clitoris removed and her genitals sewn up with thorns, the only sound to drown out her screams was the ullalating of women rejoicing over her successful passage to womanhood.

    Every year around 2 million girls will experience some form of circumcision in Africa alone. Conducted by untrained practitioners using unsterilised blades in septic conditions it is only possible to speculate at the number of girls who will not make it past recovery. What is certain is that thousands will carry the scars of their physical and psychological injuries for life.

    ….maybe it’s time these suppressed people get set free from their medieval hell on earth….
    NOT ALL CAGES ARE PHYSICAL!

  10. April 23, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    @ Tara

    Thank you!!!

    ….maybe it’s time these suppressed people get set free from their medieval hell on earth….
    NOT ALL CAGES ARE PHYSICAL!


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