Five Facts: International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

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Not many know what the abbreviation (FGM) stands for but data collected from the World Health Organization, shows that about 140 million women and girls are victims of (FGM) which stands for Female Genital Mutilation. According to the World Health Organization, Female Genital Mutilation is defined as

“All procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is February 6. A process steeped in tradition, the procedure is a clear violation of basic human rights and is a serious threat to the health and security of young women in practising countries. Viewed as a form of inhuman treatment, FGM is practiced in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, on girls ranging from infancy to 15 years old. The fight to end Female Genital Mutilation is one that must be done for the health and strength of girls worldwide.

Here are 5 facts about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

  1. FGM has absolutely NO health benefits for the women who undergo the practice, It’s many harmful effects include recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, infertility, cysts and an increased risk of childbirth complications and newborn deaths
  2. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where FGM is concentrated
  3. FGM is practiced on the basis of cultural tradition, religious belief and societal pressure.
  4. In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the elimination of female genital mutilation which is supported by the World Health Organization
  5. Increasing advocacy, providing knowledge to all affected publics and strengthening the health sector response are seen as effective ways to help end FGM.

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