#WinterABC 19 : Traditions that need to die

Photo Credit :Leighann Renee

Photo Credit :Leighann Renee

For me that’s an easy one.

Female Genital Mutiliation and Child Marriage. It’s almost ridiculous that this was normal in any version of life before. It is even more mind-blowing that in 2019, these cruel acts are still happening. It seems we will continue to explain why marriage under the age of consent continues to be an abuse of a fundamental human right. While there have been great breakthroughs and legislation that pushed bans on FGM and Child Marriage, the numbers are still disturbingly high in Africa.

But we all know why this happens. All over the world, there continues to be a need to ‘other’ girls from a young age purposely to control our physical, emotional, mental and sexual agency. Women have long been viewed as property to be, owned, broken or tamed even before we understand what it means to be a woman. I am hopeful however. The change will be complete, it might be slow and painful, but it will come.