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FGM, otherwise known as Female Genital Mutilation, is the practice of cutting or complete removal of all external female genitalia. The procedure stems from gender inequality and was a method to further control women’s sexuality. Now the practice has a different reason for continuing from when it first began.  

It is rarely done now per request of a potential husband. The practice continues because of social pressure from other women. “Cut” females are the main source of pressure and often refer to the procedure as a gift or the pathway to woman-hood. There have been many attempts to stop this practice but unfortunately this is often overlooked.  

As we all know, social media plays a powerful role of educating the public of new global issues and this issue is often hidden in the shadows. Often ignored, it continues to rise among third world countries and is spreading in places like the U.K. and the U.S. There are laws against FGM in the United Kingdom but there still has not been a successful prosecution, meaning this problem is ignored or not looked into enough. The United States has had plans of action against FGM since the 90s but the escalation has not slowed down and continues rising.  

Through the power of social media I hope we can recognize this serious issue that has been ignored for far too long and hopefully cause the government to finally put a stop to this procedure that violates female’s and children’s rights.  

 

 

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