200 Million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation! Well numbers don’t lie, but this figure has been boggling my mind for a while now. Is it just a statistic or what does it actually represent? How many more? till we give FGM the attention it really deserves.
In my view this number represents women and girls who were born perfect but have been sentenced to a lifetime of misery by being mutilated. It represents dreams killed, emotional and physical suffering and a gross violation of basic human rights. It represents our sisters, cousins, friends, girlfriends and people close to us who have been subjected to torture in the name of culture.
Remember 3 Million more girls are at risk of undergoing FGM every year and don’t forget this practice has no medical benefits whatsoever, but the suffering it comes with can only be described as a trip to ‘hell’ and back. These figures should act as a wake-up call for collaborations between regions, religions, organisations, nations, communities, activists and all humanity to say enough is enough and no other girl will become a statistic.
Currently we have more efforts to address FGM than there has ever been in the history of mankind. Youth who are the ultimate beneficiaries of SDGs are taking up the mantle. The fight has been taken online and offline. More men are joining the fight and finally there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s keep the fire burning and remember the little you do counts no matter how insignificant it may seem.