KEY FACTS
Home According to the World Health Organization
  • Female genital mutilation includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

 

  • An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.

 

  • In Africa, about three million girls are at risk for FGM annually.

 

  • 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.

 

  • It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.

 

  • FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
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