Female Genitalia Mutilation ( Fgm )

1880 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
Female Circumcision: Female Genitalia Mutilation As a nursing student in my first experience working in a labor ward, I witnessed a lady birthing a baby with part of the birth canal scarred and narrow due to her circumcision at puberty. To say that the birthing process was hard to watch is an understatement. As the labor progressed with no sight of the baby coming out naturally, she was offered a C-section, which she vehemently turned down. She said, “I don’t want to be the joke of my peers. I have to do it like others did it.” Watching this, made me more curious and passionate to find the origin of this practice and hopefully, educate the practitioners leading to its eradication.
Some may argue that the after effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) are not new. I hope that my research into the origin of this practice will help the public health community understand how it can help these women and eradicate this practice. For everything that has a beginning, most of the time, has an end. Delancer (2015) presenting a speech to The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) on traditions that hurt women states that:
Most women in developing countries are unaware of their basic human rights. It is this state of ignorance which ensures their acceptance and consequently, the perpetuation of harmful traditional practices affecting their well-being and that of their children. Even when women acquire a degree of economic and political awareness, they often feel…
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