Today, 6 February, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This is the first time our Public Health Committee has worked on this project, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
Did you know?
- -More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.
FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women
The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths
The World Health Organization has released key facts about GBM that can be found on their website.