Female genital mutilation

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  • #1975

    Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision,[a] is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and within communities from countries in which FGM is common. UNICEF  estimated in 2016 that 200 million women living today in 30 countries—27 African countries, Indonesia, Iraqi Kurdistan and Yemen—have undergone the procedures.[3]


    Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, FGM is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond. In half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five.[6] Procedures differ according to the country or ethnic group. They include removal of the clitoral hood and clitoral glans; removal of the inner labia; and removal of the inner and outer labia and closure of the vulva. In this last procedure, known as infibulation, a small hole is left for the passage of urine and menstrual fluid; the vagina is opened for intercourse and opened further for childbirth.[7]


    The practice is rooted in gender inequality, attempts to control women’s sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and beauty. It is usually initiated and carried out by women, who see it as a source of honour, and who fear that failing to have their daughters and granddaughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion.[8] Health effects depend on the procedure. They can include recurrent infections, difficulty urinating and passing menstrual flow, chronic pain, the development of cysts, an inability to get pregnant, complications during childbirth, and fatal bleeding.[7] There are no known health benefits.[9]

  • #1976

    There’s no single benefit neither health wise nor status. People do it ignorantly with the aim of achieving lie sexual urge. Thank God that era is fast wiping out.

  • #1977

    <p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>This practice have to stop, is barbaric and wickedness to woman hood</p>

  • #1979

    It’s really wickedness to human wood,thank God the era is already wiping out.

  • #1986

    I thought it was extinct

  • #2003

    Female mutilation causes lots of damages and infections. This is done ignorantly and also by quacks and they can use one blade for several people which ends up infecting innocent girls with all manner of diseases.

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