Putting an end to female genital mutilation (FGM)
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Awais and Omar are both shaving their heads to help fight and end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are no health benefits to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation.
It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, mainly concentrated in a few countries Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. The majority of girls are cut before they turn 15 years old. FGM has been documented in at least 30 countries, mainly in Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Asia. It is also prevalent in diaspora communities around the world.
There are no health benefits to FGM and it causes much harm. Some of the health problems caused include:
- severe loss of blood, pain or shock
- difficulties in urinating or menstruating
- increased risk of bladder infection and HIV
- psychological problems
- issues with sexuality and pain during sex
- complications, and sometimes death, in pregnancy and childbirth
- incontinence due to tears in the bladder or rectum (fistula).
Want to join us in making a difference? We are raising money to benefit 28 Too Many, and any donations will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us both.
More information about 28 Too Many: 28 Too Many is dedicated to ending female genital mutilation everywhere. Our work focuses on the 28 African countries where it is practised and in many other countries where it continues, often in spite of laws against it. With your help, we can end FGM.
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