More than 130 million girls and women have been genital mutilated over time, but Nigeria has adopted the law banning this practice.
Nigeria has written history banning female genital mutilation due to the 2015 Violence Against Persons Act adopted by the Senate in May.
This is one of the last laws promulgated by the current president, Goodluck Jonathan, his successor, Muhammad Buhari, being invested in office at the end of May.
Genital mutilation of women is a procedure of partial or total removal of external genital areas, causing wounds without a medical purpose.
According to UNICEF, more than 130 million women and girls have suffered in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, these being areas where this practice is commonplace.
Because of this law, there is hope that this practice will be eliminated altogether. Because of mutilation, women have had bleeding, infection, open wounds, causing long-lasting effects: infertility, birth complications, or strong urinary infections.
According to a UNICEF report, communities use this procedure to reduce sexual desire in women and to prepare girls for maturity.
Stella Mukasa, director of the International Center for Women’s Research on Gender, Violence and Rights explains the complexity of banning this law:
“It is crucial to make efforts to change the cultural-traditional prospects that underpin violence against women. Only so will this harmful practice be eliminated. “