Female Genital Mutilation: Children of the United Kingdom

1317 WordsJun 16, 20186 Pages
Eric K. Silverman writes that the practice of FGM challenges ideas of inter alia cultural relativism and universalism. Those who protect the practice of FGM argue that if the West imposes their views on people of other cultures, this is a form of new colonialism, and those who try to eliminate the practice see their actions as the protection of human rights, he argues. Indeed, there are a plethora of cultures in the world, and many of these cultures have been suppressed in times of colonialism. No one can justify that their culture is 'higher' or better than someone else’s so that it gives them the power to change another's culture; all people within a culture follow their perceptions of a 'good' life, and since there is no consensus…show more content…
This shows that if women are educated and are thus more aware of their rights, the practice of FGM is likely to decline. This implies that females who are not aware of their rights as human beings, and are suppressed, will be less likely to stand up against practices that enforce inequality. But this does not mean that these women truly support FGM and other practices that discriminate and suppress women. In order to find out whether women agree with these practices, equality of the sexes should be promoted in the form of education, so that their responses reflect their true thoughts that are not influenced by persistent discrimination. The Rights of the Child and Culture In article 21.1 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, it is stated that: “States Parties to the present Charter shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate harmful social and cultural practices affecting the welfare, dignity, normal growth and development of the child and in particular: (a) those customs and practices prejudicial to the health or life of the child; and (b) those customs and practices discriminatory to the child on the grounds of sex or other status. This law reflects the universal thought that cultural practices, or traditions cannot be used as an excuse to harm children physically in such a way that a ‘normal development’ will be impossible and that it is unjust to discriminate on the basis of gender.
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