Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, is a tradition found in Africa and other parts of the world. It is a painful, medically unnecessary, alteration to the genitals of young girls and women. In African an estimated 92 million girls from the age of 10 endure this procedure. Globally an estimated 100 to 130 million girls and women have undergone this procedure.

The four major procedures:

  1. Clitoridectomy – The partial or total removal of the clitoris (in rare cases removing only the prepuce).
  2. Excision – The partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia (the “lips”).
  3. Infibulations – Creating a seal by cutting and repositioning the labia to narrow the vaginal opening.
  4. Other – Any harmful procedure to the genital area, including piercing, scraping, pricking, incising, etc.

The practice is done for several reasons:

  • To insure that a woman remains a virgin until marriage by lowering her sexual desires
  • To reduce the size of the vagina to increase the husbands pleasure
  • As a passage into womanhood
  • Thinking it will make a woman more hygienic, or fertile, or aesthetically pleasing
  • Thinking it will increase infant survival rates

Consequences of the Procedure:

  • Reoccurring bladder and urinary tract infections
  • Infertility
  • Cysts
  • Childbirth complications and newborn deaths
  • Need for corrective surgeries

FGM is an abuse to women that causes lifelong health risks. Risks include massive bleeding that leads to shock, trauma stemming from excessive pain, life treating infections, and even death.

FGM is a violation to women’s rights that are protected by international law.

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