Female genital mutilation Cameroon - Nearly 95 per cent of Cameroonians against female genital mutilation. Nearly 95 per cent of Cameroonians are against female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the 2012 report of the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms.
If this report is anything to go by, FGM is practised by uneducated women in some ethnic groups.
The United States ambassador in Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson, speaking at a conference, said 'female genital mutilation is often carried out by untrained practitioners, without anesthesia and by using pieces of glass, non-sterilized scissors or razors.
In Cameroon, the 95 per cent of the population denounce FGM because in addition to causing acute pain and psychological trauma, it presents serious short and long-term health risks, including haemorrhage, infection, increased risk of HIV/AIDS transmission and even death.
In regions where FGM is practised, it considered as a traditional ritual rather than a dangerous abuse of the human rights of women and girls.
The US ambassador said: 'This is indeed an abusive and degrading treatment that violates the fundamental rights of women and girls to health, to physical integrity and protection against harmful traditional practices.'
Mr Jackson exhorted Cameroon to adopt laws criminalizing such deeds.
In December 2012,the United Nations General Assembly adopted, for the first time, a resolution urging nations to intensify efforts to eradicate FGM in their countries.