By: Rob McCartney
In a recent announcement, the Egyptian Minister of Health stated that 92% of Egyptian women have undergone genital mutilation. This fact alone is revolting, but it gets even worse. A majority of women in Egypt fall victim to this process between the ages of nine and twelve. And if that wasn’t bad enough on its own, only 31% of those operations are preformed by licensed doctors.
This entire article is difficult to read because of how cruel and disgusting the whole concept is. They see it as part of their culture and think its okay. Even some women claim to favor the operation because of their religious teachings. Although there are many who oppose this act, their numbers are not strong enough to change the belief of an entire country.
If this situation is to be fixed, it has to come from some outside force. Female genital mutilation is against the law in Egypt, yet it still occurs because of culture and religion. At this point, it’s out of the government’s control. Some outside group promoting women’s rights may be the only solution to this issue. It’s disheartening to hear that these kinds of barbaric and cruel acts can still happen in our world in 2015.