During his last days in office, President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that prohibits female circumcision in Nigeria. Today, nearly 20 million Nigerian women have undergone genital mutilation, a practice that causes a myriad of health issues.
A step in the right direction
The new law, which also prohibits men from abandoning their wives or children without economic support, will hopefully serve as an example to the other 29 countries in the world that practice female genital mutilation. 27 out of those 29 countries are located in Africa.
A harmful practice
Female genital mutilation is in no way similar to male circumcision. The operation is performed on females who are often very young. There are four different types of procedures, and they all have one thing in common: the removal of the labia or clitoris. The practice was originally created in order to “cleanse” women of desire with the intention to keep them pure. Instead, it causes urinary problems, intense pain in the pelvic floor and even death. Female genital mutilation has been banned by the United Nations, and Nigeria sets the example for the other countries who still adhere to this practice. This is another victory for the Giant of Africa!