7 Days of Taking Action on the News — Day 6
I’ve always thought that cultural relativism, “the principle that an individual person’s beliefs and activities should be understood by others in terms of that individual’s own culture,” says Wikipedia, obviously has it’s limits. Case and point — Female Genital Mutilation.
Luckily, today’s news article moves towards solutions journalism in that it tells of men in India and Pakistan joining a movement to end FGM in the Dawoodi Bohra community there.
Here’s the article:
MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation…in.reuters.com
This is social-cultural revolution in action. People saying “no” to an entrenched cultural practice that never made sense, but somehow remained in force for who knows how long, leaving physical & psychological damage in its wake.
I opted to join those men and women, not in the particular movement, but in general I chose to support those folks that are working on FGM daily, specifically Equality Now.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice that involves the partial or total removal of the…www.equalitynow.org
I gave $4 dollars.