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Imagine a world where a young girl is forced to endure a painful and unnecessary procedure, all in the name of tradition. This is the harsh reality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female cutting or circumcision.

FGM involves the partial or complete removal of healthy external female genitalia, often performed on young girls between infancy and adolescence. It’s a practice with no medical benefits; moreover, it causes severe physical and emotional harm. Girls can experience immediate complications like bleeding, infection, and shock. Additionally, they may later face problems like childbirth difficulties, increased risk of infections, and even death.

This harmful practice is rooted in deep-seated cultural beliefs and social pressures. Some communities believe FGM is necessary for cleanliness, cultural purity, or to control a girl’s sexuality. However, these justifications hold no ground when it comes to protecting a girl’s fundamental right to health, safety, and bodily autonomy.

The global community is working hard to end FGM. International organizations, governments, and local communities are raising awareness, educating people about the dangers of FGM, and providing support to those affected.

If you’ve heard about FGM and wonder what you can do, here are some ways to help:


educate yourself and others. Learn about the dangers of FGM and share this information with your friends and family.


support organizations working to end FGM. Donate your time or resources to organizations that are fighting against this harmful practice.


speak out against FGM. If you see or hear something, say something. Raise your voice against this violation of human rights.

Together, we can create a world where every girl is safe, healthy, and free from the harm of FGM. It’s time to break the cycle and ensure a future where girls are empowered to reach their full potential, free from harmful traditions.