FGM DOES NOBODY NO GOOD, WHY ENCOURAGE IT?
Friday, February 6 was International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Over 140 million women and girls alive today have undergone some form of FGM, also known as Female Genital Cutting (FGC). FGM results in many health-related and life threatening complications for the women who are forced to undergo this practice.
- FGM is not a religious obligation or requirement.
- FGM is primarily concentrated in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, but it is also carried out in Asia and Latin America. The problem is also persistent in Western countries among immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
- The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 6,000 girls undergo FGM around the world every day.
- If current trends continue, about 86 million additional girls worldwide will be subjected to FGM by 2030.
“Each new generation of girls…
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