It has been a while since I last posted. It’s been a long road, and its almost near the end…. or shall I say the beginning.
The stress of being in final year….in my final semester has honestly been the most difficult thing I have done. I honestly thought it could not get any worse, little did I know.
Completing my final project was a challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed doing, despite the anxiety and troubles it would cause me. All those late nights and days being spent in the library was an experience, one which I could look back on and smile about now….although during that period I did not think I could ever smile about it. I don’t think anyone does when you’re in that position.
The topic I choose was an extremely difficult and personal one, it was on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), for those that don’t know, it is an extremely barbaric practice which involves the removal of all or, part of a women’s genitalia for non-medical reasons; it is considered a violation of the human rights of women and girls. It is a cultural practice, practised in 28 countries in Africa, in Asia and the Middle East.
Spending almost four months working on this project and reading very distressing content daily as part of the research was honestly the most difficult thing I have done. But I did it, I managed to complete my project and ended up achieving an outstanding grade.
All the anxiety and overwhelming emotions was honestly worth it at the end. What kept me going was the fact that I want to be able to help these women!
I wanted to highlight that FGM is a problem, regardless of where you are in the world, it is affecting our women and girls. It is estimated that over 2million girls have undergone FGM in countries which it is concentrated.
My project looked at the challenges these women face when accessing healthcare services.
Conclusion….it is a problem and it is unacceptable.
‘Some health care workers do not want to question those who have been subjected to FGM or , even the practice itself, for fear of disrespecting peoples culture’.
As members of society it is our duty of care to protect all vulnerable people including women, children and the disabled. and girls The phrase “disrespecting people’s culture” should not be a reason why we do not act to protect members of society; we should not let people be abused in the name of culture.
Why do we do this?
Is it because these women and children are black or from any other ethnic minority background, dark-skinned, bilingual, which is why we do not question this practice? Is it because you do not consider them your children?
And yes, FGM is abuse; it is dangerous and considered a felony. Many of these women do not consent to the practice, while others are manipulated to have it done. If they refuse to have it done then they will be marginalised and ostracised from community members.
I want you to know that just because FGM is a cultural practice :
A. does not mean that you cannot question it
B. does not mean that you cannot call it abuse
C.does not make it acceptable
D. does not suggest that these women or girls, or those from practising communities do not want help.
We must know longer sit in silence and stand up against FGM!
Just know that despite all the pain, stress and emotions you experience whilst studying, it will not last long; remember that you will look back and wonder why you was stressing.
Tips for achieving a *:
- you must know what you want and really want it
- develop a good relationship with the library
- speak to those already involved in the topic such as activists
- be enthusiastic and passionate about topic.
Stay bliss and remember to beboldhideless