31 August, 2010

Violence against women

The UN estimates that one in 3 women experiences physical or sexual violence.

One particularly gruesome practice is the act of female genital mutilation

Here is some info...

FACTS
·Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
·The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
·Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
·An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
·It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
·In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone

International Response
Since 1997, great efforts have been made to counteract FGM, through research, work within communities, and changes in public policy. Progress at both international and local levels includes:
·wider international involvement to stop FGM;
·the development of international monitoring bodies and resolutions that condemn the practice;
·revised legal frameworks and growing political support to end FGM; and
·in some countries, decreasing practice of FGM, and an increasing number of women and men in practising communities who declare their support to end it.
Research shows that, if practising communities themselves decide to abandon FGM, the practice can be eliminated very rapidly.

For a full report on what’s being done, see http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2008/9789241596442_eng.pdf

Here is a youtube clip on the issue, but I warn you, it is confronting and hard to watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQSgIoSTgVU

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