Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Woman with scarves on their heads prepare a place for female genital mutilation “Campaign to stop Female Genital Mutilation” by UNAMID/ Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This widespread practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against girls, women, and others assigned female at birth.

“The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity; the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; and the right to life, in instances when the procedure results in death.”