UGANDA: We Need To Change People's Attitudes
Some people also believe that an unmutilated female is unclean and should not handle food or water.
Others say unmutilated females are not fertile and, therefore, cannot conceive. Other people also believe that if a baby’s head or a man’s penis comes in contact with the clitoris, they will die. Other people believe that leaving a woman with a clitoris can lead to lesbianism.
For whatever reason, FGM is a cultural identity practice. The procedure is carried out to initiate a girl into womanhood. It is so ingrained into the cultures that practice it that they believe that banning FGM will lead to the demise of their culture. In order to curb the practice, we must eliminate the cultural belief that a girl will not become a woman and have all the benefits of womanhood without undergoing FGM.
All avenues must be explored in the fight against FGM to trigger massive awareness if we are to change people’s attitude.
Crowd-sourcing information on FGM by tracking voices of the poor girls who are shouting for our help and other members of society who support elimination of the practice is crucial.
The writer is a human rights activist
SOURCE: New Vision Online
AUTHOR: Anthony Masake
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