Human Rights

International Organization for Migration: Female Genital Mutilation

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), is an intergovernmental body dedicated to the safe and orderly flow of migrants and refugees from country of origin to destination country. Issues IOM deals with include cultural, health, and human rights practices taken for granted or ignored back home that are illegal, unsafe, and contrary to the equal treatment of women, children, and minority and oppressed groups under international human rights law. Under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Global Sustainability, raising the status of women to equality with men is one of many goals in this worldwide developmental program.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a common practice, to varying degrees, mainly throughout Africa and the Middle East. The removal of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, according to regional cultural practices, is entrenched in the cultural and religious expectations of many refugees and asylum seekers, both male and female, moving to Western destination and other countries.

Changing cultural mores while assimilating to a new culture in a new country is not an easy task. And there is the fear that FGM in North America and Europe will be, or already has been, driven underground by new arrivals wanting to hang on to the old ways of doing things in a strange, new world.


#LGBTIEquality #Transgender #Intersex
Roberta A Westerberg, MA *Skickat från min svenska IPad.🇸🇪


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