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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure causing harm, injury or alteration to female genital organs for non-medical purposes. FGM is a particular threat to young girls around the world, and the WHO estimates that over 125 million women and girls have undergone FGM.1 Young women who undergo FGM face extreme pain, shock, hemorrhaging, tetanus or sepsis immediately following the operation, and face long-term consequences such as urinary tract infections, infertility, pain during intercourse, an increased risk of childbirth complications and death, and often require later surgeries.2 The nations with the highest rates of FGM are Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Mali, Sierra Leone and Sudan — in each nation, 88 percent or more of women have been subject to FGM.3 Show References
1 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/ 2 Ibid 3 https://www.unicef.org/spanish/protection/files/00-FMGC_infographiclow-res.pdf
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