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Female Genital Mutilation

The practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, occurs throughout the world, but it is most common in Africa. Female genital mutilation is a tradition and social custom to keep a young girl pure and a married woman faithful. According to the World Health Organization, “Female genital mutilation constitutes all procedures which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reasons.” The procedure is often carried out with crude tools used for mutilating the genitalia. Examples of these tools are scissors, scalpels, pieces of glass, or razor blades (World Health Organization).  In Africa it is practiced in the majority of the continent including Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mozambique and Sudan. It is a cross-cultural and cross-religious ritual, which is performed by Muslims, Coptic Christians, Protestants, Catholics and members of various indigenous groups.  It is usually performed on girls before they reach puberty.  Female genital mutilation is a terrible injustice that happens every day in world. I personally consider it a form of violation to Human rights. It is wrong for several reasons. Female genital mutilation causes serious health problems to women who have been mutilated. Women can experience physical health consequences, and psychological health consequences. And those who have the most sever mutilation will suffer from health problems for their whole lives. How can a mother see her daughter suffer from pain? I just don’t understand why they are doing this??

 Facts from the “World Health Organization”

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)  includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female      genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe  bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility      as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • In Africa an estimated 101  million girls 10 years old and above have undergone FGM.
  • FGM is a violation of the human  rights of girls and women


  1. dsielski says:

    This whole thing is just gross and wrong. I cannot actually believe this happens in the world? Crazy to think of how these customs and rituals ever came into practice anywhere in the world in the first place? I definitely feel that this is an inhumane violation of the rights of women and must be stopped.

  2. mplowden says:

    I agree with you. It is a complete violation of human rights and it needs to stop. A lot of times it happens because of ignorance inside of a culture. Some cultures believe that if a man’s penis or baby’s head touches a woman’s clitoris, then he or she would die. It’s sad.

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