Female Genital Mutilation

Wellcome Trust Blog

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. To mark the day watch our new audio slideshow which explores the stories behind some of the girls and women who have undergone this procedure or who themselves perform it on others. Find out why one woman voluntarily chose to have this done and what motivates some of the women who continue to perform this on others.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the intentional alteration or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It offers no medical benefit and yet in spite of being illegal in many countries is still widely practiced today. It is often performed on young girls and children for a variety of social, cultural and religious reasons and is internationally recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Our audio slideshow is narrated by and features the work…

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