Female genital mutilation – WHO’s Fact sheet N°241

in english – Published on WHO, February 2010.

Linked with today’s Association contre la Mutilation des Enfants A.M.E.; with END FGM – European Campaign, with Female Genital Cutting – Eduction and Networking Project, with Give someone you never met, a gift they will never forget, and with Clinic to fight taboo of female mutilation.

Key facts:

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
  • An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
  • In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone FGM.
  • FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises 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.

The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. Increasingly, however, FGM is being performed by health care providers.

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

Procedures: … (full text on WHO).

Links:

Female genital cutting FGC on wikipedia;

Female genital mutilation and other harmful practices
, on WHO;

Eliminating female genital mutilation. An interagency statement, on WHO;

Circumcision Information and Resource Pages CIRP – essentially divided into two parts:

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