“In Cameroon, up to 50 percent of girls as young as ten years old undergo
terribly painful breast ironing on a daily basis,” the organisation says.
▲What is breast ironing and how common is it? (via The Week)
(图by HEBA KHAMIS)
Margaret Nyuydzewira, head of the diaspora group the Came Women and Girls
Development Organisation (Cawogido), estimated that at least 1,000 women and
girls in the UK had been subjected to the intervention.
▲Revealed: 'dozens' of girls subjected to breast-ironing in UK (via The
She said her mother told her that "if I don't iron them, men will start
coming to you, to have sex with you".
It is often the child's mother who will undertake the breast ironing, which
usually involves heating a stone or spoon on a flame then pressing, massaging or
flattening the breast. This can go on for months.