Female genital mutilation and cutting (FMG/C) has a range of health consequences for the women and girls it’s practice on. It’s also painful and a violation of women’s and girls’ basic rights. Expressing the House’s opposition to this practice is a step towards ending this practice globally.
FGM/C is a deeply ingrained cultural practice in some parts of the world, and it’s discriminatory to these cultures to try to end its practice. Women’s support for, and enthusiastic participation in, FGM/C speaks to the value certain societies place on FGM/C. Trying to end FGM/C constitutes imposing a Western view on other, non-Western societies and is a form of cultural imperialism.