The UN states that at least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.

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The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and within communities from countries in which FGM is common. All forms of the practice are considered a fundamental violation of the rights of women and girls by the United Nations.

The procedure can cause pain, shock, - bleeding, bacterial infection and longer-term problems including recurrent infections, lack of sexual pleasure, psychological trauma and childbirth problems.

This practice is a form of gender based violence and must stop!
UNICEF predicts that if there is no reduction in the practice between now and 2050, the number of girls mutilated each year will grow from 3.6 million in 2013 to 6.6 million in 2050.

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