While the origins of FGM are ancient and predate organized religion, there is one thing we know for sure: its purpose is to control female sexuality and lessen a woman’s humanity. Despite the number of women affected — over 130 million — efforts to eliminate it have been poorly funded and organized. There is a bitter truth in the former British government minister Lynne Featherstone’s comment that: “If people were cutting off half of men’s penises – which is the actual equivalent – this is a practice that wouldn’t have lasted four minutes let alone 4,000 years.”
Let’s put a stop to this horrible crime. Women are not chattel.