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Saturday, 9 April 2011

There are so many cultural gaps and sensitivity on the practice of FGM, BSWA delivered the FGM research highlighting findings of the peer study from Options UK with women from the Horn of African Countries. Deeply pro-founding is the work that health providers know very little of without addressing the factors of the historical, cultural practice. We fail these women in society when we find it difficult to help them after their suffering, in terms of mishap procedures and prevention opportunities. We are now beginning to realize the global problem and their experiences, assuming too soon it's normal customary practice.


Somalian women led the project to provide qualitative data for practitioners on the cultural sensitivity around FGM, definitions and practice from the Horn of African Countries. Since working with Somalian women in projects from FGM and Violence against Women, there's a need to ensure NHS and support providers understand issues from socio-cultural dynamics, related to their fundamental health problems and counselling care.

Women have expectations too, these were portrayed  in the study; to be provided a premium service of ultimate health care for those who have suffered as a result of the so-called customary practice. It is no longer deemed acceptable, women should be cared for by all health providers regardless of funding constraints.

The are barriers to educational support when young women are taken from school. These are also missed to capture what is happening whilst attending short trips for the practice to take place by family and village members.

The problem of female circumcision is the lack of understanding from the women to accept the abuse which is happening to them. Some procedural after affects are coming to the attention to health providers slowly such as physical trauma, sexual displeasure, urine infections, bleeding, problems with period pains.

I have participated in many working groups on FGM and as an executive member of the BVAW Board, this too is a priority for the safety of women and young girls' from the Horn of Africa Countries. The physical complications of procedures, women from the early age of four- to pre-marriage are affected. It is practiced in 28 African countries amongst different religious groups.

The report was significant to the perceptions and myths relating to female circumcision.

I hope the lessons learnt are far greater in providing training modules and guidance to practitioners to ensure women are safe, more thought on the schools project on preventative measures amongst health school nurses and teachers, I'm afraid, there is more work yet to be done.

The foundation for women's health, research and  development (FORWARD) is an international non-Govt org that works to advance & protect the sexual & reproductive health & Human rights of African girls & women, do contact them directly to learn more on FGM based in London.

1 comment:

  1. Having different ways of Female Genital Mutilation in different regions, culture and etc. has an effect to women. Can FGM affect the sexual health of women? And can they still have libido after such?