Another great leap forward in global children’s rights

In October 2012, the circumcision of boys as well as girls was declared a human rights violation, being in breech of Articles 2, 12, 14, 19 and 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is a courageous stance for the world’s children! Finally a stand has been taken, declaring that when human rights conflict with cultural and religious rights, human rights must trump the other. As circumcision – an ancient rite among patriarchal warrior cultures – continues to disappear, one more needless trauma will be removed from childhood. This will bring peaceful dividends to the entire global community.   Eliminating childhood traumas always does.

Australia and New Zealand now have a not-for-profit institute lobbying to protect our children from this damaging practice – the Australasian Institute for Genital Autonomy  CLICK HERE

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1 Response to Another great leap forward in global children’s rights

  1. This sentence is interesting, Robin: “an ancient rite among patriarchal warrior cultures”. Personally, I’m worried about the parenting programmes (such the originally Australian TripleP) that advocate methods to change the baby’s behaviour to what parents want. The question in those programmes is often that: “What do parents want?” The question should be, however: “What do babies need?” If programmes like these get too much attention, we increase the risk of going back to patriarchal cultures (that is… if we were ever out of them…).. That being said, I do of course fully agree with you that genital autonomy is crucial and that steps to attain it, should be widely encouraged. Thanks for sharing the info!

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