I wanna talk today about this subject as I find it really sad and violates the rights of the children (girls). That girl goes to a trauma, her self esteem is shaking badly.
BREAST IRONING – It’s a traditional practice whereby the breasts of a girl are flattered with tools like heated objects( spatulas, stones, hammers) to try to make them stop developing or disappear.
Usually happens in the villages, and it’s mostly done by the female members of the family, by an auntie, grandmother, eldest sister.
Some women whose breasts were ”ironed” have said they had trouble producing milk and breastfeeding their children.
Mothers in Cameroon thinks that by this practice girls will look less sexually attractive to men and keeping them in school for longer. (global citizen.org)
According to UNICEF, 38% of the children in Cameroon are married before they turn 18th. and 20% of them drop out of school after getting pregnant.
The practice is more common is West and Central Africa, yet has no borders, it occurs all over the world and has migrated with people and culture in the UK.
I can only imagine what is in their mind, what emotions they have, sure there is fear, pain, trauma, sadness, and so on.
It’s thought that about 1000 girls across the UK have been subjected to the practice. BREAST IRONING is child abuse!