The Battle Over Female Genital Mutilation Rages on in Russia

Aug 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm |

The Battle for Women’s Rights in Russia

Female genital mutilation is one of the most controversial topics in human rights and, especially, women’s rights across the world today.

Many opinions exist on the topic, ranging from religious to cultural to pseudoscientific, and its other moniker of ‘female circumcision’ lessens the severe sound of the practice’s reality. Make no mistake, this is mutilation through and through. The practice on females is gruesome and violent, done more often to maim and oppress women rather than to benefit them in any way. In many cultures, FGM is performed without anesthetics and at an age when the woman is well aware of what is happening, regardless of what she has been taught about the subject.

But contrary to most reports on the subject, female genital mutilation does not occur only in North Africa. Though widely criminalized, millions of women around the world are still affected by FGM, and rates are alarmingly high among Muslim populations in Asia.

Most recently, an influential Muslim cleric in Russia came forward supporting FGM, striking fear into the hearts of millions of Russians about what exactly was happening in their own country. Now a political war is raging for women’s rights, and it’s still unclear which side will prevail.

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The female legislator working hardest to stop FGM just lost her reelection…

When some of Russia’s most important religious leaders came forward supporting female genital mutilation as a solution for moral depravity, politicians fought back.