TheRise of Female Genital Mutilation in America
FemaleGenital Mutilation ( FGM) is considered as a barbaric, dehumanizingand backdated practice in most parts of the globe. The practice ofcutting external genitalia of female folk for cultural, religious andpersonal pacification has been a hallmark when it comes to thestigmatization of girls in the society (Abusharaf,2013).The adverse effects of Female Genital Mutilation are analyzed tosupersede positive consequences of the same. Ideally, this practiceis mainly viewed to be confined to the African countries that aredeep and held captive to their cultural obligations. However, theargument stirs a reaction as to whether the postulations earlier madewere done under oblivion. The is as shocking revelation that the actof Female Genital Mutilation is taking shape in the United States ofAmerica with the practice transforming to be deeply rooted in thenation. Various sources reveal that America is transforming into anation where female folk, especially at a tender age, are living atsignificant risk of exposure to the practice (Westcott, 2016). Thesources further extrapolate that most of the females living indifferent states have developed a passive attitude towards the actsince they have been the victims.
Accordingto the information contained in the new numbers released by thePopulation Reference Bureau (PRB), it is a shocking revelation thatthe number of women who have undergone female genital mutilation hasdoubled in the last ten years. The more advanced survey indicate thata half a million girls and women in America are categorized in twopositions, either under the risk of undergoing the practice or havebeen exposed to the procedure in U.S or on trips abroad. PRBestimates that out of the faction that has undergone the practice,the majority of them are girls with number trolling to 166,173 girlsunder the age of 18.
Thestatistics that are so far showcased concerning the extent over whichfemale genital mutilation has gripped an inbound debate on whichfactors fuel the rise of the practice in the United States ofAmerica. California is one of the states in America that is currentlyregistering a high number of female genital mutilation practices. Thetrend is disturbing since some of the mitigation strategies put inplace to curb cases of FGM in this region has turned out futile.There are more surge and aggressiveness so far witnessed in the areawith increased advocacy for publishing FGM in the United States`decade data to coincide with the United Nation`s International Day ofZero Tolerance for FGM. This is put in place to create awareness andto significantly reduce the tempo of the practice that is nowtarnishing the reputation of the United States of America.
Argumentsby some of the Immigration policies and trends pundits, extrapolatean idea that the rise of FGM practice is America is linked toimmigration patterns. They argue that the influx of most of theAfricans into the country has notably been an additional factor tothe tempo at which female genital mutilation is currently carried outin the American land (Chris, 2016). The immigration pundits positthat the practice, being deeply anchored in some of the Africannations, immigration of such individuals into the countryautomatically fuels the practice in America since they maintain thepractice and even extend it to the indigenous population.
Howevermuch the increase of practice is attributed the immigration patterns,the American security and surveillance system should take manyportions of the blame. There is a notably increased laxity on thesecurity investigative system in America to deal with the case.Ideally, female genital mutilation is a barbaric act that is highlycondemned by the United Nations. America, being one of thestakeholders, should provide an excellent template of surveillancetowards shunning the practice in most corners of its states((Johnsdotter& Essén, 2010).Unfortunately, the nation has failed in achieving this owed to theshocking statistics that pops in the day in day out about the newcases of female genital mutilation carried out in different cornersof the country.
Thefemale folk is rendered vulnerable, and girls at a tender age aresignificantly exposed to the practice. The Center for Disease Controland Prevention, CDC has revealed data that women and girls below theage of 18 have shown four times increase forming about one-third ofthe potential victims to the practice. Federal of Bureau Instituteflow up has revealed that more than 500,000 women and girls arecurrently under the exposure of the controversial procedure. Thereduced surveillance over the matter has provided a favorableenvironment for the development of more underground female genitalmutilation procedure (Strochlic, 2014).
Notwithstanding,lack of proper sensitization is another factor fueling the practiceof female genital mutilation in America. There is increased oblivionand resigned attitude that the majority of the American populationtend to have concerning the matter. Consequently, it breeds in thegap that ultimately favors the practice to thrive in many parts ofthe country. It is high time that the civic responsibility should berejuvenated to take action against the cat and restore the communityfabric by shunning the practice that is jeopardizing the dreams andthe rights of the young girls in the society (Gupta,2013).They too deserve an equal chance of enjoying their ‘liberty andliving their life to optimum expectation with the full pacificationof mind.
Inconclusion, the practice of female genital mutilation just as termedearlier remains a barbaric, inhuman and degenerative practice thatthe United States of America should make haste to shun fully. Itsexistence is a threat to the female folk most specifically thepotential young girls with ultimate dreams. The stigmatization andother related consequences it brings to the girls are not conduciveand do not augur well for their future. It is high time that theAmerican surveillance system beefed up to probe into the matter(Johnsdotter& Essén, 2010).The civic responsibility of the citizens should be revitalized aswell if FGM is to be considered a matter of the past.
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Westcott,L. (2016, March 16). Female Genital Mutilation on the Rise in theU.S. Retrieved March 30, 2017, fromhttp://www.newsweek.com/fgm-rates-have-doubled-us-2004-304773