As reported by inside Man, the Guardian, in an article about FGM, warned that comments about male circumcision would be removed by moderators because “although the two issues are superficially related the effects and cultural practices/significance are very, very different”.
An individual mention in the article says, of the female activist: “She is giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silenced“. The Guardian, however, will silence those who speak for the rights of male children.
The article states: “Religious dogma is one of the toughest challenges campaigners face in the Gambia.” From our experience, religious dogma is also one of the toughest challenges in the fight against genital mutilation… of boys. See the reaction of the Anti Defamation League when San Francisco was looking to vote to age restrict circumcision in the city, or the reaction of even the highest leaders of Israel when the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe defined circumcision as a procedure that violates the rights of children to physical integrity.
The Guardian may like to see these topics remain separate debates, but they are not. They are not about males or females, they are about children’s rights. When adults raise the blade, children are powerless to defend themselves.
Shame on those who would silence those who dare speak against damaging traditions and rituals affecting the health, well-being and happiness of children.