By Tibo Rogers.
The banning of FGM in Nigeria is a massive welcome news especially for a country with many dynamics and socio-cultural mix. Sierra Leone I would urge should follow Nigeria’s lead in sub-Sahara Africa in outlawing a cultural practice that has no relevance in the 21st century.
The common ‘belief’ associated with FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is that it ‘reduces the female sexual urge’ thus preventing female promiscuity. Such assumptions I submit, are baseless and retrogressive thinking.
Indeed, preserving progressive cultures are essential in ensuring younger and unborn generations are handed down socio-cultural tools and characteristics of societies needed to foster enlightenment and traditions that empower humanity especially woman. Cultures and traditions are never static but have evolved over generations and centuries. Meaning, societies have abandoned certain aspects of cultural practices deemed dangerous especially if it endangers and disempower some category of society which FGM does.
It is imperative to note; I’m not arguing for our societies to abandon certain unique cultural traits, such as food, cultural dance/music, folktales, ‘traditional marriage ceremonies’, extended family systems, chieftaincy, local court systems (that adjudicate and settle local disputes) in local communities. I’m however of the view that ‘we’ should abandon certain aspects of our cultural practices like FGM which is dangerous and only subjugates women and perpetuates male masculinity/ dominance. Such 10th century cultural practices I argue, has no relevance in the the 21st century.
The banning of FGM in Nigeria and why Sierra Leone should be next
By Tibo Rogers.