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Female Genital Mutilation And The Bayangi Tradition

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Have you ever mistakenly pierced or cut your flesh? How painful was that?

Now imagine someone forcefully spread your legs wide open and use a blade to tear your flesh……how horrible!. This is female genital mutilation.

Facts and figures about Female Genital Mutilation

The government of Cameroon and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimate that one percent of women aged 15 to 49 have had their outer genitals removed.

However, these figures which are collected from conventional health centers, do not actually reflect the true situation in Cameroon, a country where approximately 80% of the population depends on traditional health practitioners.

Myths about female genital mutilation

It even becomes more difficult to stop such a practice because of traditional beliefs that it makes a woman faithful although it inflicts a lot of pain on the girl child.

Female genital mutilation is illegal in many countries.

It is the practice, traditional in some cultures, of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons.

Female Genital Mutilation in Manyu

The Bayangi culture is amongst those in Cameroon who practice this inhumane act labeled a gross human rights violation against the girl child.

Female genital mutilation, also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.

It is a practice that used to be predominantly carried out in Manyu, in the South West Region of Cameroon.

Stories and reports hold that this painful act is still being performed to date in this area.

According to the Manyu people, Female genital mutilation is often motivated by beliefs about what is considered acceptable sexual behavior.

They claim it aims to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity.

In these communities, the practice is believed to reduce a woman’s libido and therefore believed to help her resist extramarital sexual acts.

But this is not all. Studies conducted highlight that this ritual is closely tied to economic benefits where its practitioners earn income for inflicting pain on their victims.

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To make the issue even more complicated, practitioners of this violence on girls are women themselves.

However, Female genital mutilation is a significant public health issue with severe medical complications for survivors who suffer these almost throughout their lifetime.

We are not just urged to stop it but to completely eradicate its prevalence for it is a practice associated with zero health nor economic benefits.

Whatever the reasons for such beliefs are, the Manyu people are tempering with the rights of humans and at worst, jeopardizing their right to life, the most sacred of all.


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