Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice involving the cutting or removal of the external female genitalia. It has existed for more than 2,000 years and is performed on girls from birth, up to just before marriage, and sometimes beyond. FGM is also known as "female circumcision" or "cutting", and by other terms locally.
It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. 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 bladder or rectum (fistula).
28 Too Many is a registered charity in England and Wales, established in 2010 by Dr Ann-Marie Wilson to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide.
28 Too Many is dedicated to ending female genital mutilation everywhere. Their 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.
They could not do their work without supporters and volunteers. Fundraising helps them make a difference to the lives of millions of girls and women worldwide. You can support their research and other projects to end this harmful practice by making a donation.
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