Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Flawless Feminist Victory


To be precise, this is a flawless black African feminist victory. We white feminists may have stood behind it, but it was black women who made it happen.

History Has Been Made. Female Genital Mutilation Banned In Nigeria.

It should really be called clitoral mutilation. Maybe this should be called a cis black feminist victory. But it is important. Stella Mukasa, director of Gender, Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women and Ugandan woman, wrote a piece about this victory for The Guardian in which she warns that the law alone is not enough.

Clitoral mutilation is a cultural practice - part of why it's so important to allow African women to lead the charge against it - making it difficult to eradicate as plenty of people are willing to break the law to maintain their cultural traditions. Some of these people are women.

The existence of white supremacy and colonialism makes this a sensitive issue, one that we white people must be careful in addressing. We need to make sure we're uplifting the voices of women in the countries where this happens rather than speaking over them because we don't understand the culture in which this happens.

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