UN committee calls for ban on female circumcision



his picture taken on September 20, 2011 shows young Maasai girls at a traditional village near Narok, some 170 kms west of Nairobi, where the culture of female-circumcisiion is still practiced despite having been outlawed. AFP FILE PHOTO

UNITED NATIONS – Campaigners against female circumcision have scored a major victory with the approval by a key U.N. committee of a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation.

The resolution, adopted by consensus Monday by the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee, calls the practice harmful and a serious threat to the psychological, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.

It calls on the U.N.’s 193 member states to condemn the widespread practice and launch education campaigns to eliminate it.

With 110 sponsors, the resolution is virtually certain to be approved by the full General Assembly in the second half of December.

Italy’s U.N. Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini says the committee’s approval marks “a breakthrough in the international campaign to end the harmful practice,” known as FGM.

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  • randyaltarejos

    If the clitoris is being the butt of the blame why some girls have the tendency to engage in premarital sexual intercourse, how come the population in some countries in Africa where female circumcision is still practiced continue to grow at a faster rate? I was told that by removing the clitoris, the woman will become frigid, and in this way, she will no longer flirt with men. But what’s the use of putting a black veil on the faces of Arabic women? Can they still flirt even if their faces are covered?

    • Julio7

      Hi Randy, I hope you are not confused with African women practicing genital mutilation with Arab women wearing veil. Islam and Muslim are not permitted to do this practice. For some misconception, they tend to assimilate that this is a Muslim culture.

      Wearing veil cannot overcome women to flirt if it is believed that removal of genitalia is the remedy. However, this practice has not proven and was abhorrent to Islam.

      We must support to end this pagan practice.

  • randyaltarejos

    What can U.N. do to stop female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East? Send a battalion of peacekeeping forces to arrest those who continue to practice this. Otherwise, banning female circumcision will not be effective at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barefootintactivist Barefoot Intactivist

    And yet they ignore the male genital mutilation that kills dozens or hundreds of boys in the bush every year in Africa in addition to baby boys in the US. Amnesty International is an embarrassment on this issue. ALL children have the right to protection from genital mutilation — boys, girls, and intersex.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Hmm.. now I’m quite not sure where to stand on this issue. It’s quite difficult to dictate on somebody’s culture and tradition..

    • Jomex

      we have to admit that some cultural and traditional practices are barbaric re: genital mutilation in girls, especially if the girls as young as 5 have no choice in the matter, one such girl was Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who spoke against this barbaric act.

  • kilabot

    this exempts lgbts. they’re not females nor males. they’re lgbts.

  • Datukalun

    Maybe this is out of topics but there are times when UN seems to be not effective because even when it gives and provide international law it is not respected and UN has no even action and cannot do anything about it just like the UNCLOS. Sometimes UN seems to be useless or worthless…What it is their for???

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