On global day of awareness, survivors of female genital mutilation say #MeToo

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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire are today supporting the national zero tolerance day for female genital mutilation.

Officers and PCSOs will be raising awareness of the issue on the official day of action, Tuesday, February 6.

There is no data about Female Genital Mutilation in India but a new study has shown that 75 per cent of 94 respondents interviewed had subjected their daughters to the practice.

"FGM is the ultimate form of violence against women and female children...the forcible removal of a child's sexual organs to control her sexuality has been going on since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs", Ahmed said at the launch of the country's action plan.

Professor Kandala is a world expert in statistical analysis and has spent the last 15 years working with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to map global health and disease in developing countries. We have it now because of migration due to people coming from practising countries.

The Ministry for Women and Child Development had submitted to the Supreme Court in December past year that there is no official data by national Crime Records Bureau to support the existence of the practice in India.

These efforts must emphasize societal dialogue and empowerment of communities to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the low status of girls and women in too many places. We facilitate learning between stakeholders, including governments, on prevention, victim support, prosecution and asylum for victims, through providing methodologies on measuring prevalence and risk, and by offering practical tools for professionals via a web-based platform.

Fatou Ceesay, Community Outreach Director for Oxford Against Cutting said "FGM is a harmful practice that at least 3.6 million girls are at risk of experiencing in the next 12 months globally".

Among girls 0 to 14 years, Mauritania has the highest percentage of FGM practice, with 54 percent having been circumcised.

"Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death".

It also noted that no form of the practice exists in Saudi Arabia and issued a fatwa making FGM/C haram.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through its regional offices has been doing a lot of sensitization and advocacy on ending inimical and harmful cultural practices including inhuman widowhood rites, child /forced marriages and FGM among others. She made this known while speaking at an worldwide forum in the Gambia on strategies to combat the practice on Monday.

Subsequently, the minister promised to bring a law as well as write to the Syedna, the spiritual leader of the community, asking him to enforce a ban.

Although the practice is largely known to be concentrated in countries in Africa and the Middle East, FGM is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America.

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