▷ CARE: Victims of genital mutilation in Somalia increasingly younger / Corona …


04.02.2022 – 10:55

CARE Germany registered association

Berlin (ots)

In Somalia, girls are younger and younger at the time of genital mutilation. A new survey by Somalia’s National Statistics Service shows an increase of around 17 percent in the number of girls between the ages of five and nine who have been subjected to female genital mutilation in one year. In this age group, 88 percent of girls are now circumcised. The international aid organization CARE calls on the Somali government to finally work together to abolish genital mutilation. While a newly passed law protecting children from abuse and neglect in the self-declared autonomous republic of Somaliland is a step in the right direction, far more needs to be done across the country to end this inhumane practice. A draft law is currently before the cabinet, but implementation requires the support of religious and social leaders.

“Many women and girls are coming under increasing pressure to undergo genital cutting and to marry earlier. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely restrict their rights and self-determination: girls cannot go to school and receive little education and medical care Support for their reproductive health,” explains Abdullahi Iman, CARE Country Director in Somalia. “In 2021, there were shocking reports of a 13-year-old girl dying as a result of genital mutilation. There are certainly other cases, but these are rarely reported.”

In Somalia, female genital mutilation contributes to one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world – with 692 deaths per 100,000 births. In order to prevent deaths, it must be possible for young women not to have their first child too early. At the same time, there is a need for better medical care and a strict ban on genital mutilation, which often leads to fatal complications related to childbirth.

“When we educate mothers, fathers and the elderly, some listen to us, others say, you’re young girls, why do you want to tell us something? But we continue with our work and educate because we have the right to over talk about this topic and make decisions for yourself,” says Jaweira Shuab, a girl who took part in one of around 2,000 CARE training courses on ending female genital mutilation.

CARE works with girls and communities in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug to stop female genital mutilation and raise awareness of girls’ and women’s rights. Women and girls are informed about their rights and trained to support each other and to fight against genital mutilation.

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