Female Genital Mutilation: forty cases in the province of Alessandria

Great interest was aroused by the conference on “Female Genital Mutilation – a human rights issue” proposed at the Zonta Club Day by the city and sponsored by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Province of Alessandria, from the same club, chaired by Carla Gallini, the Fund United Nations Women, Women a, Women’s Medical Association and the province of Alessandria … //  

… Nadia White, delegate of the UN Women and moderating the evening he remarked as genital mutilation is a “woman question”, which sees victims girls between 4 and 12 years, but in some countries such as Yemen, Mali and Eritrea even babies. In addition, those who practice excision or infibulation (a difference whose characteristics and consequences were highlighted by Dr. Henry Tanganelli) enjoy a status and are also considered very handsomely paid, why it is difficult to eradicate a practice to be condemned in no uncertain terms. Female genital mutilation depend on archaic traditions different from ethnicity to ethnicity and across all walks of life: in Somalia, where 98% of women have undergone this type of violence, no girl is worth taking a wife if it is not was in his genitals mutilated.

There are, fortunately, some good news: In Africa, 30% of infibulated women today no longer forcing their daughters to undergo the practice. In Italy, a country with the highest number of infibulated women in Europe, after the entry into force of the law of 2006, the girls are at risk 2/3.000 year compared to 6,000 in the first and come mostly from Eritrea, Somalia, Egypt , Nigeria, the countries from which escape is not just for the sake of war but also for the violence for which the Italian State grants the status of political refugee.

In the province of Alexandria women who have undergone female genital mutilation are about forty came for family reunification or as refugees, especially from Somalia. The violation of the integrity of the female body contains a world of women, experienced a mild to which we can approach only with respect, understanding and listening: the turning point for the elimination of these practices will only get the information through the mass average, the comparison between the young and, above all, education. Female genital mutilation sexual motivations, sociological, hygienic and aesthetic and health beliefs (you think that the mutilation of women and fertility favors the survival of the child and, instead, the opposite is true), false religious reasons (not not true that is provided by religious texts) thus, only the education and information to give women today are victims of such violence and the strength to change leave a barbarism that has physical, and psychological health, which, as remembered Dr. Orietta De Alexandris, president of the Medical Women of Alexandria, affecting all life even when not destroy. (full text).

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