Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends Update 2010

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An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone.

FGM/C is generally performed on girls between ages 4 and 12, although it is practiced in some cultures as early as a few days after birth or as late as just prior to marriage. Typically, traditional excisors have carried out the procedure, but recently a discouraging trend has emerged in some countries where medical professionals are increasingly performing the procedure.

FGM/C poses serious physical and mental health risks for women and young girls, especially for women who have undergone extreme forms of the procedure. According to a 2006 World Health Organization study, FGM/C can be linked to increased complications in childbirth and even maternal deaths. Other side effects include severe pain, hemorrhage, tetanus, infection, infertility, cysts and abscesses, urinary incontinence, and psychological and sexual problems.

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One Response to “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends Update 2010”

  1. linda massie Says:

    An estimated 500 million boys and men worldwide have undergone male genital mutilation/cutting and millions are at risk. MGM is generally performed on young babies and boys. In African and other cultures traditional circumcisors carry out male circumcision, often leading to severe trauma and death.
    MGM poses serious mental health risks for many young boys and men nd life long sexual problems.
    The Dutch Medical Alliance confirmed that it is an abuse of children earlier this year however as it has been medicalised in “western” countires the abuse and deaths continue daily.

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