Skip to main content

By Michael Strickland

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW), condemned female genital mutilation (FGM) as an obstacle to girls and women enjoying their human right to education on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation earlier this month.

 


FGM is recognised as a form of Non-State Torture (NST), and the consequences of FGM can cause girls to miss school repeatedly and to drop out in order to manage their menstrual problems which are aggravated by FGM. Thus, FGM puts girls at a distinct disadvantage in all levels of education.

In some communities, girls are removed from school to undergo the procedure and then marry immediately and their education comes to an abrupt and premature end.

In addition, FGM may contribute to reduced educational achievement of girls because the acute bleeding following the procedure may initiate or exacerbate an already existing anaemia. Anaemia is known to be a major debilitating condition for girls who have begun menstruating because anaemic children have reduced learning abilities.
 

Increasing girls’ access to education is key to help end female genital mutilation, because educated women are less likely to allow FGM to be performed on their daughters. Recommendations to increase access to education include support for mobile schools, boarding schools, improved water and sanitation facilities in schools and better-quality teaching in girl-friendly classrooms.
 

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and has an international membership. Founded in 1919, IFUW is the leading girls’ and women’s global organisation run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.

Here is the link to the original press release.


Like Michael Strickland, Publishing Consultant, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/...

Originally posted to The Book Bear on Sat Feb 15, 2014 at 01:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism: Feminist Issues, Ideas, & Activism.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site