A Big Step, A Big Win for Nigerian Women

From Honor Diaries


Nigeria has the highest number of cases of female genital mutilation in the world.
But it has just made history by banning the practice. Read about it HERE

Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan passed the law just before leaving office – something he had apparently wanted to do for some time, but refrained from doing so due to political pressure. 

A lot of authors have written about how this is good news, but …

  • They note how there are still 130 million women and girls out there who have suffered from female genital mutilation.
  • They highlight the 3 million girls who are at risk of mutilation each year.
  • They talk about how the law is not enough, and that only cultural change can really eradicate the practice.

Stella Mukasa, director of Gender, Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women, wrote in the The GuardianIt is crucial that we scale up efforts to change traditional cultural views that underpin violence against women. Only then will this harmful practice be eliminated.”

She’s right. It’s all the more pressing given that we are now approaching summer and soon the infamous “cutting season” will begin, in which young girls in the UK and other countries are flown out to their countries of origin during the summer holidays to get mutilated.

Although there is always a “but,” we also need to relish the moment. Take joy in seeing a positive change that has taken place in the world – a law passed and an outrage banned.

It won’t eradicate FGM on its own. But it’s a step in the right direction. Changing the world isn’t about pushing a button or writing a law and making everything perfect.

What it is about is making gradual change, one step at a time. 

And this is a big step.

So celebrate, because we’re winning. 


One more country that seems to have come to their senses on this! Welcome Nigeria to the 21 Century!!

~Blessed B~

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6 Responses to A Big Step, A Big Win for Nigerian Women

  1. Kathy says:

    Granted it’s a good first step, but it’s hard to get your head around the idea that such an invasive and abhorrent procedure has been going on for centuries and has just now been legally banned.

    The cultural change has to come next or the practice will continue, and that will be the hardest step, considering that for most of these people, this culture has been drilled into their heads for generations.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I agree…the cultural practice needs to change….but perhaps I has started already and we are just seeing the tip the iceberg. Now the information about the practice and how it is actually setting the girls up for health issues needs to be made public in Nigeria.

  2. CW says:

    Glad to hear the good news. As Kathy said, it’s tragic that it’s gone on for so long.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I’m happy that a man actually put a law through to stop it….. somehow he saw the light.

  3. vonmesser says:

    It took a long time, and the outgoing president was a conservative (for that area). One of their “liberals” would never have done so.

    • Blessed B. says:

      You are probably right….a liberal wouldn’t have. So much for their caring about the women folk…..