Although the practice is against the law in Tanzania, FGM continues to be widespread, particularly in rural areas like the Mara Region. In addition, it is widely culturally accepted to the degree that “during the cutting season, you can’t get protection in the community”. as human rights activist Rhobi Samwelly explains.
The fact that an abortion can cost anywhere around $500 places a considerable strain on an already vulnerable women. What solidifies the economic challenges of abortion is that four out of five state prison systems require a women to pay for her own abortion. The financial burden is arguably the largest barrier in obtaining a safe abortion as many incarcerated women do not have the means to pay.
In a U.S. ICE detention centre, Irwin County Detention Centre, migrant women are undergoing forced sterilizations. Approaching this with the skepticism that ICE is hoping for, would dismiss America’s long history of eugenic practices and ask us to not believe the simple abuse of human rights that is now occurring in Georgia.
In the era of first world feminism, it seems that double standards feed deeper divisions more often than they cause compassion. The severity of a female’s struggle is too often compared to another female’s, rather than her male counterpart.