Female genital mutilation
"Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there's no medical reason for this to be done".NHS UK
According to the World Health Organisation, female genital mutilation (FGM), comprises of “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” A harmful practice with no health benefits, FGM can cause long-lasting physical, emotional and psychological trauma; and in some cases, death."
It is known by other terms, like as gudniin,halalays, megrez tahur, and khitan.
Some families and communities think that FGM has benefit to girls like preparing them for marriage and childbirth. However FGM is harmful to women and is not recommended by any world religion. There are no health benefits only harm.
- It is illegal in the UK and is abuse.
- FGM is typically carried out on young girls up to the age of 15 before puberty starts.
- It is obviously painful and can seriously harm girls fertility.
- It is usually performed by someone with no medical training using knives or razor blades
- It will lead to long-term damage and cause future problems for women with sex, childbirth and mental health.
FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.Please join are awareness campaign to learn more about FGM and how you can help.
If you're worried a child is at risk of or has already had FGM, call the free NSPCC , anonymous dedicated FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email