Our thanks to Ian for this. It’s associated with a wider UN-driven campaign to ‘persuade’ 20 million men living in Sub-Saharan Africa to ‘voluntarily’ have their genitals mutilated in a probably futile bid to slow the progress of HIV. The evidence base on which this is being done has been widely discredited – William Collins’s piece on MGM covers the issue, see the section titled, ‘The WHO and HIV’ – but hey, it’s only men’s genitals which are being mutilated without any good reason, not women’s, so where’s the problem?
Let’s do a gender switch. Even if there were cast iron proof that FGM slowed the progress of HIV, would the UN be seeking to mutilate the genitals of 20 million African women? Would the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation be donating $50 million to fund the ‘voluntarily’ mutilation of the genitals of 20 million women living in Swaziland and Zambia? Of course not.