The Beginning of the Problem
While American culture has evolved greatly over the years in regard to a woman’s place in society and marital expectations, other countries have tried to maintain their own beliefs and traditions while not being effected by the freedoms that American females take for-granted every day.
In this country, we are adapted to the Women’s Liberation Movement, which allows women to not only vote, but to make their own choices in every aspect of their lives. Gone are the days of marriages arranged by the parents, as well as stigmas that revolve around an unexpected pregnancy.
The Negative Effects of Tradition
Other countries have not reached the point that the United States has reached. Due to religious beliefs or traditions, countries such as Africa still live in a time-warp, determining who and when their daughters will marry, and even the means used to ensure that girl-children never enter the realm of adultery or promiscuity.
The methods used are drastic and inhumane, and are still being used today. With this fact being a reality, African government is not able to conceive the possibility that they are planting the seeds of a revolution of women in that system.
Pre-Arranged Marriage During Youth
One of the greatest crimes against African women today is the “marrying off” of them at young ages. Before they are close to being women, girls in this country are being given for marriage and expected to procreate as young as 9 years of age.
Another crime being committed against these girls consists of genital mutilation for the purpose of controlling sexual “impulses”, thereby guaranteeing their virginity when given in marriage. This practice alone exposes the girls to health issues such as horrible infections, including HIV, and may even extending to scarring, deformities, and death.
As a matter of fact, these girls will be so damaged by this practice it can lead to difficulty in childbirth, which leads to death for the female as well. The practices are so inhumane, they cannot be discussed in this format.
Child marriage results in numerous consequences to the female population in the country, from domestic violence to sexual abuse in the realm of marriage. Both are suffered by the female, per religion and tradition. Being submissive is demanded, and retaliation or fighting back, in many cases, result in the death of the girl involved.
How Can the Problem Be Solved?
Inadequate education, coupled with the degradation inflicted by the males, these girls and women are unable to stand up for themselves. They have literally come to believe that this lifestyle is normal, and they are brainwashed into the belief that submissive acceptance is what is expected by them. The result is females beaten down mentally, emotionally, and physically, all the while longing for the serenity only death will bring to them.
Changing and Upholding the Law
At this time in history, there are many who wish to help change things for these girls. Groups who have dedicated themselves to eliminating the current treatment of these beautiful women are focusing on their education and making them aware of their choices as human beings.
This can be difficult due to the traditions that have been lived by for so long in Africa. Enforcing the law with diligence is the only way to change this. Genital mutilation can only be enforced by law, which is the only way to reassure the health and well being of African women, African girls, and African brides all over the area.
People Want To Make A Change
There are many organizations dedicated to changing the rituals and degrading acts that have been imposed on this group of human beings. The only solution is other human being stepping in to make the change happen. By joining together and making our voices loud, change can happen for all the females suffering this torment everywhere.