Female genital mutilation: Should the UN do something to bring an end to the tradition of female genital mutilation?

  • Femal genital mutilation should be stopped

    Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent custom that the United Nations should take a stand against. There should be no tolerance in the world for the mutilations that some cultures uphold. The United Nations and other international organizations spend money and resources to eradicate diseases like polio and small pox. They should similarly find money and resources to irradiate brutal customs that have no o place in modern society.

  • An absolute yes

    That is one tradition that should end for all time. It's horrifying, brutal and often winds up killing women. If there was such a practice as male genital mutilation, you can be certain the UN would address it vigorously and loudly. The UN should absolutely act to help end this barbaric practice.

  • Yes, of course.

    FGM has serious implications for the sexual and reproductive health of girls and women. The effects of FGM depend on a number of factors, including the type performed, the expertise of the practitioner, the hygiene conditions under which it is performed, the amount of resistance and the general health condition of the girl/woman undergoing the procedure. Complications may occur in all types of FGM, but are most frequent with infibulation. Immediate complications include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage, tetanus or infection, urine retention, ulceration of the genital region and injury to adjacent tissue, wound infection, urinary infection, fever, and septicemia. Haemorrhage and infection can be severe enough to cause death.

  • It is an immoral, unethical practice than needs to end.

    I think that it is imperative that the UN intervene and do something about the tradition of female genital mutilation that still exists in parts of this world. Such a disgraceful act is a violation of individual rights and a disrespect to an individual's sense of humanity. It is an utterly immoral, unethical practice than needs to end.

  • No unless they also stop MALE genital mutilation as well

    Before you go criticise other countries for circumcising females how about the US first does something about male genital mutilation in their own country first? Millions of innocent male children are violated, held down against their will and forcibly have their foreskin removed.

    So you either outlaw both male & female genital mutilation unless it's a medical emergency/treatment or they both remain legal.

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