Is Female Genital Mutilation a Religious practice?

When I discuss the topic of female genital mutilation and its practice in East Africa, some of you might think that it is a practice that is rooted in various religions. I have good news for you that there is no single religion that has any justification for this horrible practice. From Islam to Christianity, no one can claim that female genital mutilation is legal.

Some of you might say why I choose to write about this subject is because millions of girls around the world are a victim of this act. It is absolutely right, but also remember the significance of this week to the campaign for eradication of female genital mutilation. Yesterday was marked the international day for kicking FGM out of this planet. It is a day to remember those who have been subjected to this brutal act. It is also a day to remind world leaders of their obligation to this course. If the world leaders would prioritize the agenda of eliminating this inhumane act, I hope we could have saved millions of girls from ever going through this pain again. As one friend of mine who was a victim of this act once said to me, “I would rather die than going through this again.”

As we commemorate the week in honor of the powerless young girls who go through this pain every day, let us keep in mind that each of us has a responsibility to stop this brutal act in any way we can. We don’t have to be rich, celebrity or even a president, all we need is to be humane and stop this inhumane act.