FGM: Cameroonian Midwife and call for an end to practice


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Caroline Umon, a Midwife at a Yaounde hospitals says “crude methods used in genital mutilation as well as the objects can lead to disease and infections.”

She spoke in an exclusive interview to The Post in Yaoundé recently.

According to her, cutting off the clitoris, stimulates the woman’s sensitive hormones, responsible for the woman’s sex, thereby destroying her libido.

To her, genital mutilation is partly responsible for instability in marriages as some men find it challenging to tolerate women who are not sexually active.

“If a woman is circumcised, she is psychologically depressed as a result of the act,” she added.

She said female genital mutilation should be wholly eradicated and those customs and traditions which still prescribe it should be reviewed.

“This is because female genital mutilation has no positive impact on the woman.”

Female genital mutilation is dangerous.

Speaking to a victim of the act, she said: “I have difficulties in urinating, I experienced chronic pains and poor sex quality with my husband – I had also gone through series of birth complications as a result of this act that was practice on me when I was still a little girl. I can’t even stand the side of my grandmother, who in those days initiated this uncivilised act on me.”

While female genital mutilation is defined as the cutting of the female genitals for non-medical purposes, a common obstetric practice, episiotomy when performed without clinical interactions can also be categorised as female genital mutilation.

The Reproductive Health Journal members, José Belizean, sullen, Miller and Natasha Salaria, says “We need to stop female genital mutilation.”

Over the next decade, around 30 million girls under age 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation, given that there’s no physical benefit for the girls.

The members of the Reproductive Health Journal argue that female genital mutilation a severe violation of human rights.

“It is painful to see that parents and families are imposing this practice on newborns and young girls. They are imposing their wills on the bodies of young girls who have no chance to participate in a decision that affects’ their health, safety and rights, thus violating their human rights…

“We at the Reproductive Health are committed to helping communities, researchers, practitioners, in the fight to abandon female genital mutilation and especially committed to helping women and girls have the opportunity to live and impact lives free of mutilation and its negative consequences.”

UNICEF has insisted that it’s time to stop female genital mutilation.

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