NGOCC demands end to female genital elongation

THE Non-Governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) says female genital elongation is dehumanising and a form of Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Acting executive director Chilufya Siwale said NGOCC agrees with the sentiments by chief Madzimawe that elongation is a form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which should be stopped.

Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni people last week said female genital elongation is a harmful practice recognised as a form of female genital mutilation.

He said there was need to partner with all stakeholders to fight female genital elongation.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 4th Specialized Technical Committee meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Madzimawe said some girls and women in Zambia and in Southern Africa region, were forced to pull and elongate their genitalia because of demands by sexual and traditional practices that have been deemed harmful.

Siwale said the World Health Organisation definition of FGM includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

She said elongation was a form of altering.

“Elongation is generally a practice that is steeped in the entrenched patriarchy,” said Siwale.

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