About Female genital mutilation

About Female genital mutilation

• Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

• It is also injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

• The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths.

• In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized.

• The World Health Organisation strongly urges health care providers not to perform FGM.

• FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

• It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes.

• It constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

• It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.

• The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity.

• Including the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

• And the right to life when the procedure results in death.

Credit: WHO

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