Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is Female genital mutilation?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15. NHS defines (FGM) as procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed for no medical reason. It's also known as "female circumcision".

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What is Female Genital Mutilation?

FGM is often motivated by beliefs about what is considered acceptable sexual behaviour. This practice is painful. It violates a girl's rights to health, security and physical integrity. Tis is a form of torture and it is cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. It takes away the right to life when the procedure results in death and it has no benefits.

The procedure is done for non-medical reasons and has no health benefits for girls and women. Most women develope severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of new-born deaths.