To commemorate International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Mamamoo's Solar took the opportunity to shed some light on this horrific traditional practice. In a video titled 'The most painful traditional ritual for women ... is the worst', Solar explains what Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) means, admitting to having done a lot of research on this topic for the video.
FGM is 'a procedure involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical purposes.' It is a procedure that poses life-threatening risks as it is often tasked to the village elders rather than skilled medical professionals.
A procedure as dire as this does not leave the victim unscathed, Solar explains that apart from being very painful, women often suffer infections from poor sanitary conditions, haemorrhaging and obstetric fistula. This is 'chronic leakage of urine/faeces from between the bladder and vagina or bladder and rectum as the body loses its ability to regulate bowel movement.'
According to Unicef Korea, an estimated 2 billion women from 30 countries have undergone FGM and from a 2013 statistical data, countries such as Somalia, Guinea, Eygpt, Mali and other countries of North Africa, an average of over 90% of women have had to undergo FGM.
To conclude the 9-minute video, Solar advises that the people who would like to take action can donate to organizations such as 'World Vision' or 'Plan Korea'. She also stresses that showing support is not a matter of donating or not donating, 'Even doing it in your heart, that's all showing support.'