200 million women have undergone genital mutilation — 70 million more than previously thought
“The 30 countries” in which female genital mutilation is prevalent are “mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.” Hmmm. What could they possibly have in common? Why is this so widespread? The answer is that FGM is sanctioned by Islamic law: “Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” —‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
According to Reza Aslan, female genital mutilation is “not an Islamic problem. It’s an African problem….It’s a Central African problem. Eritrea has almost 90 percent female genital mutilation. It’s a Christian country. Ethiopia has 75 percent female genital mutilation. It’s a Christian country. Nowhere else in the Muslim, Muslim-majority states is female genital mutilation an issue.” Aside from his idiotic view that Eritrea and Ethiopia are in Central Africa, Aslan is wrong in claiming that “nowhere else in the Muslim, Muslim-majority states is female genital mutilation an issue.” Does he think Indonesia is in Central Africa as well?
“Almost 70m more women than previously thought are estimated to have undergone FGM,”Telegraph, February 5, 2016 (thanks to all who sent this in):
At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision – half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children’s agency said in a report released on Thursday night.
The UNICEF statistical report said the global figure includes nearly 70 million more girls and women than it estimated in 2014. It said this is due to population growth in some countries and new data from Indonesia.
The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice stemming from the belief that circumcising girls controls women’s sexuality and enhances fertility. One of the targets in the new U.N. goals adopted last September calls for the practice to be eliminated by 2030.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta
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