Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation

Key facts

• Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

• The practice has no health benefits for girls and women.

• FGM can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

• More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated

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

• Treatment of health complications of FGM in 27 high prevalence countries costs 1.4 billion USD per year.

CREDIT: WHO

 

 

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