Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice of cutting or causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical purposes.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a barbaric practice, in which a girl or woman’s external genitalia is removed partially or totally. What’s even more disgusting is that it is generally performed by traditional practitioners in unsterile conditions, without any anesthesia. They use anything from ancestral knives or scissors to razor blades to cut off the genital parts. Hence, it is no wonder that it causes some serious physical and emotional damages, even death of the victim in rare cases. Still, many communities support this horrific practice because they believe that it is a definition of virginity, cleanliness, healthiness, beauty and morality. It is truly shocking that even today millions of girls undergo the brutal ritual of Female Genital Mutilation. Fortunately, many governments have taken steps to prevent and punish this practice; as a result, the prevalence of FGM has declined to a certain extent. In the meantime, take a look at the infographics given below to know about the some key facts and figures on FGM.
Female Genital Mutilation Infographics
The above infographic will provide answers to questions like what is Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)? Who is affected by this practice? Where is FGM happening, progress toward ending FGM, and lessons learned from twenty years of interventions? The infographic explains that 100-140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM. And the practice is still present in 28 African countries as well as India, Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan and Yemen.
The infographic explains how Genital Cutting practice affects girls and women all through their lives. It provides an idea as to what problems are encountered by girls or women during their childhood, girlhood, marriage & intercourse, pregnancy & childbirth, and later life, after undergoing FGM.
Although FGM is practiced all over the world, this horrific custom is concentrated more heavily in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Check out the infographic above to learn more about the prevalence of FGM in Africa. An estimated 100 to 140 million girls & women have been subjected to FGM, whereas around 3 million girls undergo FGM each year in Africa alone.
FGM is not only an African issue; it is being practiced in many countries around the world. The above infographic explores other countries around the world where FGM is practiced. They include Iraqi Kurdistan, UAE, Yemen, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. In UAE, Yemen, India, Pakistan and Thailand, FGM is legal, whereas in remaining three countries i.e. Iraqi Kurdistan, Malaysia and Indonesia FGM is illegal but it is still widely practiced there.
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Image Source: unicef.org
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