Health Impacts of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Synthesis of the Evidence

by Samuel Kimani, Jacinta Muteshi, Carolyne Njue
Population Council, October 2016

29 pp. 852 kB

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) describes a range of harmful practices involving cutting, removing, and sometimes sewing up external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons. While considered a social norm in many cultures, FGM/C is a violation of the rights of girls and women and has no health benefits. By addressing FGM/C as a human rights abuse and a contributor to gender inequality, Population Council’s efforts are advancing the multidisciplinary and multinational efforts needed to eliminate the practice of FGM/C in many countries and achieve the ambitious global goal of ending FGM/C within one generation.

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