Area: 124,503 sq miles (322,460 km²)
Date Founded: Aug 07, 1960
President: Alassane Ouattara
Official Language: French
A growing city with so many dark secrets. After meeting with women from Abidjan Africa and hearing the stories of abuse. Made me cross my legs and hold my stuff. The mere thought, a father has the right to get his daughter(s) circumcised. The father has the right to exchange his young daughter in puberty to an adult man for goods, in 2013. My friends from Abidjan helped me to understand the African culture and traditions of female circumcision. It is understood in the African culture female circumcision takes place so the women wont feel pleasure. If you’re not exchanged for goods for the family, surely your mother will be on the father’s side, saying cut it off. In any language that is cruel treatment. The ladies explained to me these rituals take place, outside of the hospital, unsterilized tools, creating infections and allowing 1 out of 3 women hemorrhage to death.
Female circumcision is banned in Ivory Coast since 1998 but the practice remains widespread. The United Nations say the practice violates fundamental human rights and endangers girls’ health.
My African friends say this is a part of tradition:
Definition of tradition (n)
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[ trə dísh’n ]
1.custom or belief: a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation
2.body of customs: a body of long-established customs and beliefs viewed as a set of precedents
3.handing down of customs: the handing down of patterns of behavior, practices, and beliefs that are valued by a culture
Synonyms: custom, ritual, institution, habit, convention, belief, folklore, practice
My friend, stated her family was divided because her mother, told the family none of her 4 daughters would be circumcised. She stated it would be over her dead body. This caused great separation amongst her family.
Traditions, and miseducation is dangerous to everyone. Glad to have a great group of Abidjan women, I consider friends.
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