by Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Alessandra Guedes and Wendy Knerr
World Health Organization, 2012
Female genital mutilation1 (FGM) is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, reflecting deep-rooted inequality between the sexes. Since FGM is almost always carried out on minors, it is also a violation of the rights of children. Few interventions aimed at preventing FGM have undergone high-quality and systematic evaluation; thus much more rigorous research is needed.