FGM is an extreme form of violence

Elders from Narok during an FGM case at Machakos High Court recently. Millions of women and girls across the world have been violated in the name of culture; millions are at risk, while the world hardly speaks about it. There is an urgent need for world leaders to deal with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with the seriousness that it deserves.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines FGM, as 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. UNICEF puts the number of girls and women worldwide who have undergone FGM at 200 million in 30 countries, but the real number of those subjected to the practice remains unknown.

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