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What is Female Genital Mutilation?

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

 

The 4 main types of FGM:

 

Clitoridectomy: removing part of or the entire clitoris.

 

Excision: removing part of or the entire clitoris and the inner labia (lips that surround the vagina), with or without removal of the labia majora (larger outer lips).
 

Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening by creating a seal, formed by cutting and repositioning the labia.

 

Other harmful procedures to the female genitals, which include pricking piercing, cutting, scraping and burning the area.

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