Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ghana's ministry intensifies fight against female genital mutilation

Ghana's ministry intensifies fight against female genital mutilation

A woman takes photos at the photo exhibition of "The 68 Million Girls at Risk" on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Feb. 6, 2019.

In cultures that condone FGM, it is usually performed by a traditional practitioner with crude instruments and without anesthetic.

It is one of many efforts worldwide seeking to end a practice that has affected more than 200 million women and girls alive today in in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The exact number who have been forced to undergo the procedure is not known. Complications include severe pain, hemorrhaging, sepsis, urethra damage, painful sexual intercourse and other sexual dysfunction.

Infibulation - narrowing the vaginal orifice by cutting and re-positioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora as a covering seal.

Everyone owns their own body and it is up to them to decide about it, the diplomat said, and called for redoubled action to end female genital mutilation.

Godwin Obaseki, has called for zero tolerance and decisive action by stakeholders to reduce the practice of female genital mutilation across the country, saying that such violation of the girl child's rights exposes her to health challenges.

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With strong political commitment, we are seeing positive change in several countries.

UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund warned that the numbers of women and girls suffering from FGM are still very high.

Three executive directors of the United Nations agencies on Wednesday called for actions to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Girls who are subjected to genital mutilation suffer the consequences for life, agree the specialists.

Genital mutilation violates their right to health, safety, freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and prevents them from deciding on their own bodily integrity and sexuality.

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