FGM: the mutilation of girls and young women must stop

Capture d’écran 2015-03-10 à 10.17.16Feb 6, 2015, marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, a day to reflect on one of the most cruel of human practices—an ancestral tradition that became a social norm—which has been tolerated for far too long. “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”, according to WHO’s definition. More than 125 million women have undergone FGM in 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated.1 In half of these countries, most girls are cut before 5 years of age. 3 million girls will most probably endure FGM this year2—1 every 15 s. Europe is not exempted—an estimated 61 000 women living in France have suffered mutilation.3

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