Female genital mutilations is a widespread practice in the 4th most populous nation in the world. Here's why. Unicef says million women and girls living today have undergone female genital mutilation. The perception that females must be circumcised like males, as well as religious belief, social pressure, and encouragement from health workers are behind the rampant practice of female genital mutilation FGM in Indonesia, a new research reveals. Conducted by Hivos Southeast Asia, an organization that focuses on global development, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Study at the University of Indonesia, the research found that among mothers who have had FGM procedure done to their daughters, About the same percentage of the respondents also said that they believe the practice has a strong religious justification, and that they did it because it is considered a cultural tradition practiced by most of the people they know.
The custom of female circumcision remains good business in Indonesia
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One reason piercing the clitoris is popular in Indonesia is because it is believed to reduce women's sexual desire and libido. A friend of mine recently messaged me in shock: "I just read a UNICEF brief that says millions of women in Indonesia have undergone female circumcision. I had no idea. I was a little surprised — she'd been living in Indonesia for 18 months, first in East Nusa Tenggara, and now in Jakarta, Indonesia's sprawling mega-city of 25 million people. My friend has a good point — female circumcision, also called female genital cutting FGC or mutilation FGM , is rarely discussed openly in Indonesia. It's no surprise that Western expatriates have no idea it goes on here, when even the locals don't talk about it. And yet tens of millions of Indonesian girls and women are believed to have undergone some form of FGC.
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The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the erroneous belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized 1. WHO strongly urges health professionals not to perform such procedures.
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