Target: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Goal: Stop the genital mutilation of girls in Indonesia
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a global terror. Hundreds of million of girls have been subjected to this agonizing ritual, and countless millions more are destined to suffer the same disfigurement. In Indonesia, 2 million girls have their clitorises cut every year in an attempt to ensure fidelity to husbands and restrict sex when the girls are older. Even more serious cases involve the cutting of the labia, and even the stitching of the vagina. The UN banned this horrific practice in 2012, but the Indonesian government has done little to enforce it, mostly due to pressure from Muslim groups. We must petition the UN to force Indonesia to stop these needless violations, before the review of Indonesia’s child rights record takes place in the spring.
The defenders of FGM usually give religious or cultural reasons as their rationale for destroying the sex organs of babies and young girls. Despite these assertions, the practice is inhumane, and not only transgresses several international agreements, but violates Indonesia’s own legislation on human rights, child protection, and health. The government also released a guide on how to cut girls, which effectively acts as a green light for hospitals, who lucratively offer package deals, lumping in genital mutilation with vaccinations for newborn babies.
Young girls in Indonesia face agonizing mutilations, where they are held down terrified as their genitals are defaced. There are long-term medical issues alongside the mental and immediate physical trauma, such as recurrent bladder and urinary infections, increased childbirth complications, and even death due to excessive bleeding and HIV infection from unclean knives.
Women should have complete rights over their own bodies. Sign this petition to stop the vile procedure of FGM in Indonesia and help to spread the ban on this practice throughout the world.
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon,
I write to you in urgency with regards to female genital mutilation (FGM), which is still prevalent in the world. This practice is especially common in Indonesia, where 2 million girls every year are violated of their human rights and forced to undergo an agonizing, dangerous procedure that denies them an integral part of their femininity.
The Indonesian government has done little to enforce the UN’s 2012 ban on FGM. The procedure is more popular than ever, with hospitals cashing in on its appeal by offering vaccination packages that include the mutilation of young babies and girls.
The maiming of females must end. Aside from the excruciating pain and human rights violation, there are long-term side effects such as bladder and urinary infections, childbirth issues, and even cases of HIV and death.
Please force the Indonesian government to put strongholds in place to end FGM when the UN convenes to discuss Indonesia’s child rights record in the spring. Ensure that this practice does not continue, pressure the Indonesian government to promote anti-mutilation policies, and set a precedent for a global ban on female genital mutilation.
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