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Female Circumcision aka Genital Mutilation

Stop female circumcision aka female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or female circumcision, is defined by the World Health Organization 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.

FGM is typically carried out on girls from a few days old to puberty. It may take place in a hospital, but is often performed, without anaesthesia, by a traditional circumciser using a knife, razor, or scissors. According to WHO statistics, it is practiced in 28 countries in Africa, in parts of the Middle East, and within some immigrant communities in Europe, North America, Australasia.
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