EDUCATION can eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM).
This was the claim made by a series of talks at Alfaz’s Casa de Cultura organised to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. The 100 people attending the talks heard how Unicef and World Health Organisation figures reveal that more than 200 million women have suffered mutilation in more than 30 countries worldwide. If this tendency continues, 15 million more will have been subjected to the savage practise that seriously violates human rights, is an act of violence against girls and women and a form of gender inequality that endangers their health.
Since the practice is commonplace in some ethnic groups and communities, education can change traditional roles and eliminate the discrimination that so many girls and women must suffer. Speakers at the Alfaz talks emphasised that this can be achieved by explaining to men and women the negative consequences of FGM and the harm that it inflicts. The Medicos del Mundo Madrid exhibition, “My Struggle. Our Struggle”, was inaugurated during the interval, portraying empowered women who united to banish a practice that seeks to control them, suppress them and rob them of their freedom. This exhibition will later move on to Marina Baja health centres, revealed Carmila Espiner, who took the photographs and travelled to Alfaz for the inauguration.