Female Genital Mutilation

FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation, which consists of the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. It is also known by other names including “cutting”, “female circumcision” and “initiation”. FGM is a medically unnecessary and irreversible procedure that damages the health of millions of girls worldwide. Until recently, there have been no awareness raising component in the communities that perform this.
Which countries practice FGM? The practice takes place in many parts of the world but it is most common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and is practiced by certain communities in the following places:

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