Blog Post 4: Violence Against Women in Guinea- Heba Malik

In guinea, there are many instances of violence against women, as women are discriminated against on a daily basis, just like in many countries. Patriarchy is important in these types of society, and women’s vies or rights are shrouded by men’s contempt for women’s rights. I had talked recently about FGMs, or female genital mutilations, and I am about to again because it afflicts so many young girls in the nation and is such an unnecessary act. While it is not violence like hitting a woman or attacking one, it is definitely a form of harm towards them, and I believe it should definitely be considered as an act of violence. Woman do not have the same rights as men, even though the law dictates that they should. The law does not play a part in dictating people’s action against each other. Additionally, in Guinea, there is not enough pressure to stop sexist pressures like there is in the US. This allows for men to take advantage of them, and dictate their fates. The consequences do not matter, when men run everything and women have literally no say in governmental affairs. Men should not have the power to mutilate women’s bodies, even if it a cultural phenomenon. It is outdated, traditional, and has no part in current society that does not allow for such actions. Women have an important part in American society, and we must do our best to allow the same to be said about Guinean society. While that is a third world country, and this is a first world, it should not matter, because women are women, no matter the place. Economy should not dictate the way we treat women, because that is incredible messed up. In guinea, this type is violence is prevalent throughout, even in big cities. The area does not matter, just the men’s need for control. It is ridiculous how such practices still occur with such prevalence, when feminism in the US is such a huge issue. We need to spread our enthusiasm, to other countries in need, like guinea. I hope it occurs soon, because many women’s lives are being ruined every day. FGM needs to be taken as an issue of health in order to garner the attention it needs. The media these days is concerned with anything that garners the attention of the audience and causes a sensationalized reaction. FGM is not considered one of these issues, because US needs are seen are the most important. If the United States worked the ER does in hospitals, Guinea’s FGM issues would be much higher on the agenda. In the ER, usually, the severity of the injury or issue that requires one to be admitted to the RR dictates the time in which they are seen by the doctors and treated. The severity of genital mutilation is not one to be taken lightly. In Africa itself, over 91 million girls over the age of nine are victims of female genital mutilation. Almost 3 million girls are at risk every year of this issue, and it is allowed to occur, even through societal pressures that are evolving every year. Guinea has one of the highest prevalence of FGM in Africa with over a 95% prevalence. The level of support in this country is ridiculously low, and no matter how many small organizations do, this issue will continue to plague the nation, until it begins to become at the forefront of politics and social issues. In guinea, over 15% of girls that experience this genital mutilation are above the age of 15. Thinking about circumcision, most men are in infancy that I have known. After the age of fifteen, thinking about the pain women must experience is ridiculous. I cannot even imagine how this is allowed to exist in a country. In Africa, FGM prevalence is highest in Guinea, even though the population is not as large as other countries. This shows the cultural necessity of these acts. There is no way that these acts have any benefit aside from men asserting their dominance and doing their best to keep women under them. Additionally, the only way to escape this is to live in wealthy households, even though the practice still occurs. Over 50% of girls still experience this practice in these households. I hope this practice is eradicated soon, because it is disgusting and the issue must become a priority.

United Nations Children’s Fund, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: What might the future hold?, UNICEF, New York, 2014

“Female Genital Mutilation and Other Harmful Practices.” WHO. Web. 10 Aug. 2015.

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