View Full Version : African custom of genital mutilation of little girls 'on the increase in europe'

friedrich braun
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004, 09:44 PM
Diversity is strength. :suomut:

5:14am (UK)
Genital Mutilation 'On the Increase in Europe'

Young girls born in Europe to immigrant families from Africa are being subjected to ritual genital mutilation, and authorities are doing little to discourage it, a leading women’s rights activist warned.

Somalia-born supermodel and best-selling author Waris Dirie, who has campaigned to end the disfiguring practice she suffered at age five in her homeland, said yesterday that she estimates one in every three African families living in Europe is secretly carrying out the ritual on their daughters. No official figures exist.

The procedure – illegal in most European countries – is especially prevalent in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Austria, where an estimated 8,000 girls born into immigrant families have been affected, Dirie said.

“We don’t know who’s doing it and where,” because there are few initiatives to prevent it or to encourage doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers and others to report suspected cases, Dirie said. An exception is France, where there is strong awareness and education, she said.

“What good is a law if no one is paying attention?” Dirie told reporters in Austria, where she was being honoured yesterday by a Roman Catholic men’s movement for her efforts to stop the practice.

Islamic religious leaders are telling Europe’s Muslim Africans that the prophets recommend the ancient ritual, which involves the removal of the clitoris, often with a dull blade and no anaesthesia, Dirie said.

“That is a catastrophe,” she said. “Every imam who is not actively against genital mutilation is guilty. Mutilation is not a tradition – it’s a crime that must be abolished.”

Although women generally perform the procedure, sometimes called female circumcision, men are ultimately responsible because “untrimmed” young women “face great difficulties in African societies in finding a husband,” Dirie said.

Between 100 million and 140 million women have undergone genital mutilation worldwide, and two million girls are at risk each year, according to the World Health Organisation, which says the practice can lead to infection, the spread of Aids and crippling physical, psychological and sexual problems.

The practice has been on the rise not only among immigrants in Europe but also in Australia, Canada and the US, Who says.

Petra Bayr, an official with Austria’s Socialist Party, said the bloc’s women would press the government to consider genital mutilation an “act of violence” and legitimate grounds for women fleeing it to be granted asylum in Austria.

“Women who are threatened with genital mutilation or have already suffered it should not have to wait for months for an open door,” added Raimund Loeffelmann, a spokesman for the Catholic men’s organisation honouring Dirie yesterday.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 10:48 AM
As long as they don't slash up our girls, I don't give a rat's ass.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 11:52 AM
As long as they don't slash up our girls, I don't give a rat's ass.
I disagree in giving it a rat's ass. Of course I mean that they should not harm our girls or do anything violent to them, but as I see this, it is a crime against all human race to do such. I think that we should go against all of this genital mutilation especially when they are in nordic countries. That's my opinion.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 07:14 PM
Think about it. By removing the clitoris on their own girls, those girls will not get the pleasure from sexual contact that others will. This will reduce the chance for the foreigner girls to have sexual relations with Europeans, and thus reduce chance for cross breeding. You see, nature made sex pleasurable by putting in sensitive areas of the organs so that people will actually have sex, thus getting pleasure. This will reduce the promiscuousness of those females. I also don't care what they do to their own, they will not touch our daughters - so whats the problem.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 09:58 PM
The way I see it, there are two reasons to oppose genital mutilation. 1. Its a crime against humanity/natural law. 2. The worse life is in their countries, the more likely that they will move to our.

I doubt that African women will have sex with many European males in any case, their looks are simply to un-feminine to be attractive.