Over 100 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of Female genital mutilation.
FGM includes procedures that injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women but it harms them and is an extreme form of discrimination against women and often results in death
It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and the age of 15.
The practice is most common in the western regions of Africa and in some countries in Asia.
The causes of FGM include a mix of cultural, religious and social factors within families and communities.
Their cultural ideals of femininity, which include that girls are “clean” and "beautiful" after removal of body parts are often used as an argument for its continuation.
They also think, that it is important to prepare them for adulthood and marriage.
They often believe that this practice has religious support, but no religious script describes it!
In 1997, the WHO started a demonstration against the practice of FGM. Since then, great efforts have been made in the fight against it. Unfortunately FGM has not been stopped yet and is being carried out even today.

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