WOMEN ARE SO IMPORTANT TO US
Without women, humans would not exist. Women are mothers and wives. Women are brave and strong. They face the pains of childbirth bravely. Women are kind and caring. They look after their families. Women are amazing.
WOMEN HAVE BODIES THAT CAN GIVE US CHILDREN
If their natural bodies are made to give us children, why should we change that? If they make everyone happier, shouldn’t we make sure they are happy too?
WHEN A WOMAN EXPERIENCES FGC, SHE IS OFTEN NOT ABLE TO DO WHAT SHE WAS BORN TO DO
FGC is Female Genital Cutting. It is when a woman’s outside sexual organs are cut off. It is when a woman’s important body parts are taken away from her.
FGC CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN TO HAVE CHILDREN
FGC often makes it hard for women to get pregnant. Sometimes FGC completely stops women from having babies. If you change a woman’s body, you are changing a body that naturally can have children. You are changing a body that can have children into a body that cannot have children as easily. Even if a woman gets pregnant, FGC can also make the baby more likely to die at birth. FGC means that there are fewer healthy babies. FGC can also put the mother’s life in danger. A woman’s body is naturally made to give birth to children. Changing her body makes her body less able to perform its natural function.
WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCE FGC ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET ILL
Some girls bleed to death. Although some think that FGC makes women cleaner, science shows that FGM is actually more likely to cause infection. These infections are dangerous and are painful to women.
WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCE FGC ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE UNHAPPY
They can feel anxious or depressed later in life. They might always remember the shock and fear of the experience. Happy women will make better mothers, wives, and friends. Happier women make everyone’s lives better.
FGC MAKES SEX VERY PAINFUL FOR WOMEN
Imagine having sex with a partner who has experienced FGC. Imagine how sad and guilty you will feel when she cries at the thought of sex with you because it hurts or she is scared. Now imagine having sex with a partner who tells you how amazing it feels to have sex with you. Imagine having sex with a partner who will want to share the experience with you. Men enjoy sex a lot more when their female partners feel pleasure too. Sex is much better for both partners when both partners are having fun. Without FGC, sex can feel even more amazing for everyone.
IN MANY CULTURE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE AFRICA, FGC DOES NOT EXIST
FGC is often used as a way of preparing girls for womanhood. In other cultures, there are many other ways of preparing girls for womanhood. Girls are often given a good education. They learn to read and write so they can become better members of society. They play sports so they can become stronger. There are many ways outside of FGC that we can prepare girls for womanhood. In some cultures, when girls become women, they often have a party with their family and friends to celebrate. When girls become women, they are allowed to vote. Girls growing up to become women is an amazing thing. It is important to celebrate it. It is important to make girls feel happy about becoming women, not scared and hurt.
ALL HUMANS ARE NATURALLY PERFECT
The female body is naturally perfect. Why should we do anything to change that? Why should we do anything to stop women from doing all the amazing things they can do for us?