Female genital mutilation(FGM)
Female genital mutilation is the non-medical practice that intentionally removes female genital organs-such as clitoris and labia- and the narrowing of the vaginal opening.
Often, girls are cut when they are still very young in some cases under the age of 5.
FGM is non-medical and has zero health benefits but it can cause a lot of other things such as:
- Severe bleeding
- Complications in childbirth
- Problems urinating
- Problems menstruating
- Problems having sex
- Mental health issues
It is important to note that FGM is not a religious practice. It happens in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities, but there is nothing in any of their holy books that teaches it.
FGM is a form of gender-based violence, it is violence against girls and women, it is child abuse, sexual assault.
Often it is about controlling female sexuality a tradition to prepare a woman for marriage allegedly to purify them for their husbands.