FGM is a serious crime against women.
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. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
The practice of FGM has no health benefits, causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences. It is mostly carried out by traditional providers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths.
FGM is affecting about 140 million girls and women, and more than 3
million girls are at risk every year. A special focus for WHO this year, is the
troubling trend of health-care providers increasingly being the ones performing
female genital mutilation, and thereby contributing to legitimize and maintain