One girl experiencing female genital mutilation
is one too many.
Also speaking at the programme, a veteran medical doctor said in the campaign against female genital mutilation
, it should be clearly distinguished from female circumcision which, according to him, is still being practiced in communities worldwide.
It is unconscionable that these girls should be added to the 200 million women and girls in the world today who have already endured female genital mutilation
Sustainable Development Goal 5, with a focus on gender equality, calls for the elimination of female genital mutilation
While this is so, there are places in the country where almost every woman and girl undergoes female genital mutilation
as a rite of passage.
The recommendations address the treatment of obstetric complications, the depression and anxiety that can accompany the experience of female genital mutilation
, and how to deal with requests from parents and family members.
information and education for all women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation
, and health education and information on de-infibulation, where appropriate, for both health-care providers and for women and girls.
Back in February, it was revealed that more than two cases of female genital mutilation
were being reported in Birmingham and the West Midlands every day.
Female genital mutilation
is still practised in 29 countries in Africa.
There are an estimated 3 million girls in Africa at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation
each year, which makes approximately 8000 girls per day.
She also faces the threat of having female genital mutilation
performed on her if she is sent back to Nigeria.
Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as all procedures that are involved in the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, and is classified into four categories (1).