Practitioners of female circumcision now using hot shea butter to "burn it" off

Practitioners of female circumcision now using hot shea butter to "burn it" off

A report has sighted says that perpetrators of the illegal act of female circumcision in Ghana are now using hot shea nutter to injure and remove the target point of the female's private area.

According to the non-governmental group Ghanaian Association for Women's Welfare (GAWW), practitioners of the unlawful female circumcision are now using hot shea butter to "burn" off the pleasure point young women's private areas.

The practice, more commonly referred to as FGM, has been outlawed for years but some, especially in the northern parts of the country, make the case that is in their culture.

Previously, older women in communities that observed the practice, cut off the feminine pleasure point in the private area with sharp objects.

But now, it appears they pour hot shea butter oil on a baby’s relevant parts, thereby impeding the growth of that part of her body.

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Nkuto circumcision
Shea butter, popularly known as Nkuto, is made from the shea nut plant. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

Speaking on the matter, Gertrude Eunice Maasodong, president of GAWW, disclosed her association is focusing its advocacy programmes in zongos because parents there are hauling their daughters secretly back to their villages to have them circumcised.

Maasondong believes that entrenched cultutral beliefs are making the fight and elimination of FGM in modern day society difficult.

The GAWW's advocacy and sensitisation programme on FGM is in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Maasodong said: “Every culture is unique and serves as a means of identifying the place of its members in society. While we appreciate the way of life of every society, we must condemn practices that violate rights. Culture, like nature, is dynamic and changes to changing times.

“It is for this reason that we, as a matter of urgency, need to galvanise the efforts of traditional and opinion leaders at the grassroots to completely eradicate this harmful and degrading practice by 2030.”

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Female circumcision is prevalent in African countries among certain ethnic groups in places like Senegal, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sudan, Ghana, Somalia, Niger among others.

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