What is FGM?
FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. It is the mutilation of a girl or woman in the genital regions. This often involves removal or partial removal of the labia and clitoris (female sexual organs) for traditional or cultural reasons. Although it is often argued that FGM is a religious practice, it is not condoned by any Holy books. It is, in fact, seen as abuse, and so it is against most religious practices because it is so harmful to a woman.
FGM Where does it Happen?
Your Views on FGM
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Action Aid on FGM
What are the results of or Impacts of FGM on Women?
FGM has profound physical and psychological effects on a women including the following...
- Intense pain due to 'cutting' without anesthetic and shock as a result of the trauma.
- Bleeding (sometimes to death)
- Prolonged medical problems e.g. Urinary Tract Infections, difficulty passing urine.
- Extreme emotional torture including flashbacks and difficulty with sexual relationships.
- Difficulty becoming pregnant or giving birth.
Top FGM Film
Moolaade is an amazing film on FGM with an African director. The film is set in Burkina Faso, Africa, in a rural community where it is traditional practice for girls to be 'cut'. Moolaade is not a gory film - you don't see any gruesome act of 'cutting'. But the film Moolaade highlights the abuse that women experience and some of the social and cultural aspects of the issue.
The film is more about the 'empowerment' and strength of the women who stand up to their community. The ending is fantastic. I highly recommend this film if you are interested in or passionate about overcoming the issue of FGM.
The Facts of FGM are shocking...
- Around 3 million girls or women in Africa are at risk of FGM.
- Between 100 million to 132 million girls and women now living have undergone genital cutting.
- 507,000 women or girls in the US have undergone or are at risk of FGM.
Charities Fighting FMG
There are many charities running campaigns to end FGM, including...
- Action Aid
- Comic Relief
Comic Relief recently campaigned against FGM and raised awareness through the documentary 'Stop Cutting our Girls'.
What can you do to Stop FGM?
- Share this article and infographic on Facebook and Twitter using #endFGM to raise awareness.
- Donate to one of the charities that campaign to end FGM such as Action Aid or Comic Relief.
- Speak to people that you know to make sure that they are aware of the issue, to combat taboo.
Stop Cutting our Girls - Comic Relief Special
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