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Female Genital Mutilation is Now Illegal in Sudan!!

*WARNING: CONTAINS DESCRIPTION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION WHICH IS QUITE GRUESOME*


FGM (female genital mutilation) is performed on young girls before going through puberty. It is the practise of removing inner and outer labia and usually the clitoris as well. This has absolutely no medical benefits and can cause a lot of both short term and harm including severe bleeding, kidney and liver problems, problems urinating, problems during pregnancy and still births, infection, and sometimes death. It also nearly completely eliminates the possibility of pleasurable sex and can actually cause sex to be a very painful experience.


As well as serving no medical purpose, FGM is a very dangerous and painful procedure. It is performed on young girls between infancy and fifteen-years-old. It is done by force and sometimes includes being tied to a table and is very rarely done with any sort of pain medication. It is often performed in poor conditions. It is not usually carried out by a medical professional and is often done by using a scalpel, knife, razor blades, scissors, or even broken glass. This can lead to terrible infections, severe bleeding, shock and even death.


This practise started as an attempt to control women's sexuality and enhance male pleasure. FGM essentially eliminates any pleasure a woman would feel during sex so it is believed this would prevent them from having sex outside of marriage and keep them faithful to their husbands. Over time it became a cultural norm and expectation, much like how male circumcision became popular in the West even though it serves no medical purpose.


It is groundbreaking that Sudan has now made this horrific practise illegal as up until this point 87% of all Sudanese women were having this procedure done. It will take a while for the process to be completely eliminated as it is so engrained in their culture, however those who are found to be performing "cutting" will now face punishment. This is an incredible step that will help save tens of thousands of lives, and a mile stone worth celebrating on behalf of the millions of women who will not have to endure this torture.

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Local Lesbian
Local Lesbian
Oct 28, 2020

it is wonderful that Sudan has made this illegal but there is still 18 countries where this is still allowed which is horrible

we still are inproving on these sort of matters and that is absolutely great

stay safe everyone <3

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yesss finally i remember when i first heard a story of this it made me feel so lucky that i will never be at risk for this but also its horrible that someone would be that desperate for a woman to hate sex that they absolutely abuse and mutilate a girl and im so happy that this horribleness has been put to an end!!!! YES TO FEMALE RIGHTSSS!!!

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Karacar
Karacar
Jun 15, 2020

So happy that it is banned! Who knows on how many lives might get easier because it's illegal now. What frightens me yet is that people will still do it illegally. Still legal in 18 countries, we have a long way to go. I'm happy that you educate us about those topics!

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Izzy
Izzy
May 25, 2020

This is so important! Thank you for being a voice and educating people on such important issues.

A few months back I had an experience that both confused me and made me a little mad because I thought that the harmful effects of FGM were moderately well known among people in the western world (which I now realise was naive of me).

I'm a nursing student and we had to do an assignment about transcultural nursing (we were assigned another culture or country and had to assess their culture in line with Madeline Leineger's transcultural modes of nursing which is essentially 1. yes; 2. maybe; 3. no). One group had Sudan and for their mode 2 which is 'adapt or…

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thank you for spreading the word about this. it's horrible and needs to stop globally. it's amazing that it's illegal in Sudan however there are still eighteen countries where it's still legal and that is terrible and must be fought against. i am SO sorry if you have been through this and i can only imagine what it must be like. thank you again for spreading the word 💞

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