Female Genital Mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).

It always saddens me when I read articles or see television programs about  FGM.

Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. (World Health Organization)

More importantly it is a painful and traumatic experience and I see it as yet more suffering for the sake of religion and social culture.

Please see the attached link about Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation

http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/fgm/rhr_10_9/en/index.html

and further information about this subject from the World Health Organization.

http://www.who.int/topics/female_genital_mutilation/en/

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