February, 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) established by the United Nations, but can you read about it in the Polish media, or perhaps on the websites of Polish feminist organisations?
This cruel practice affects 200 million women around the World and there are 500,000 such cases in the European Union. It is widely spread in Africa, but also in Indonesia, usually practised by followers of Islam but also by Christians.
In the past the Muslim League in the Republic of Poland has been making false statements about this practice, writing in their magazine As Salam about the health benefits of children with so-called circumcision. However quoted research from the American periodical Podiatrists only concerned boys.
Also the position of Muslim lawyers on the prohibition to recommend such a practice has been presented. The most popular Muslim cleric Jusuf Al-Karadawi considered it a virtuous deed at the time. However, thanks to the ongoing campaign of non-governmental organisations, he changed his mind and decided that since this is not an act required by the Koran, and as the research has proven the procedure to be harmful for a woman, he classified it as forbidden.
Unfortunately, the progress in this matter is slow and even Europe can not deal with it. According to the European Union, 180,000 women are at risk of FGM every year. Fortunately, this is not a big problem in Poland, but is this the reason to be silent?
PS: Only the online portal onet.pl provided some information about it a day after the publication of this text.
The Polish Original: #EndFGM – Polski media milczą