What is Female Genital Mutilation or FGM?
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of physical violence against women and girls, which involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is globally recognized as a violation of human rights but still carried around the world, even in civilized cities, as it is linked to old cultural beliefs.
The procedure of FGM also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision causes severe bleeding and infection, infertility and even death. It is seen as a form of torture which has devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for the rest of girls’ lives. According to the Central Statistics Office, over 6,000 women and girls in Ireland are survivors of FGM, and there are an estimated 1,600 deemed at-risk. This figure is likely to be an underestimate.
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