FP: What do we conclude from all of this?
Laufer: Well, there is first of all an urgent need to tackle Female Genital Mutilation as a crime– an act of disrespect, disdain and violence. We have to acknowledge that the perpetrators are knowingly carrying out this atrocity for their own ideological and personal reasons; it is not because they lack education or awareness.
There should be no more “culture-discount” for the mutilators. The world public should criminalize without any ifs and buts those who mutilate their children as well as all governments who do not put appropriate legal measures in place to prosecute those families. Not to forget those religious (mostly Muslim, Shafi’i) leaders who continue to propagate FGM as “Islamic duty.”
The Western world should stop putting the mutilators under tutelage by suggesting that they don’t have a clue about the suffering they cause by mutilating their children. This attitude in fact reflects a mixture of racism and double standard:
On the one hand, Western (left) politicians/agencies/NGOs are presenting the FGM-perpetrators as backward idiots, absolved from any responsibility for their sadistic bestialities.
On the other hand, they adopt the justifications of FGM to excuse this malicious crime and the mutilators (to whom they impute “best intentions): They therefore turn their racist perception of “backwardness” into complicity that finally helps to uphold this “backwardness” and hinders sustainable development.
This Western policy perpetuates the violence of FGM and leads to a fatal conspiracy against the victims, to whom protection, fundamental rights and justice are denied.
FP: What measures do you suggest to break this conspiracy with the perpetrators?
Laufer: In all Western countries, FGM could be stopped immediately – in a measurable way - if the following three measures were implemented:
* Mandatory medical check-ups, including examination of genital intactness on a regular basis (either for those girls only that belong to the exactly defined risk group, or for all minor children), in combination with:
* A duty for medical professionals to report (in both cases – committed and impending mutilations);
* Collective measures according to family law for all minor girl-children of the risk groups in order to prevent the mutilations in the home countries of the parents (prohibition to take minor girls to the countries of risk).
In the African, Middle-East and Asian countries, the process to abandon this violence could be pushed enormously if any governmental and non-governmental development aid would be linked to strict conditions that include the compliance with children- and human rights.
Actually, Western governments as well as NGOs refuse to implement such regulations and accept without appropriate interference that the mutilations in their development-projects continue to be perpetrated against the girl-children. Just be reminded to our sponsored girl-campaign (sponsoredgirl.com) that we launched in 2009.
Until today, the concerned organizations Plan International, World Vision, Kindernothilfe and ChildFund continue and justify their complicity in these violations of basic human rights. They don’t stipulate the abandonment of FGM in their funding-guidelines and preconditions of support.
For this reason, we have just founded a new development organization, Saida-International.
In the projects of this organization, the abolition of FGM is a fundamental precondition for any financial or material support for the communities.
Regular medical check-ups are used to regularly verify that the girls grow up without being mutilated.
With this tool, we can measure the sustainable success of this approach and make sure that the first generation can grow up without FGM.
FP: Ines Laufer, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. And thank you for your valiant effort to defend young girls from the savagery of FGM.
For greater insight into why leftists aid and abet Islamic female genital mutilation, read Jamie Glazov’s United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
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