Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation Female genital mutilation (FGM), or female circumcision, is a procedure that involves cutting off the clitoris and sometimes sewing the opening of the vagina shut. Often performed with unsterilized razors and no anesthesia, FGM is excruciatingly painful. Not only do these victims experience intense bleeding, dangerous infections, and possibly infertility — they also carry emotional scars that will never heal. FGM continues to be practiced in large regions of Africa, from the Red …

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…pain, shock, hemorrhage and damage to the organs surrounding the clitoris and labia can occur. The scars that follow FGM continue throughout a woman's life and are an unpleasant reminder of her devalued place in society. The secondary complications such as pain and depression will be evidence of the assault on her body. We women must stand together and say “NO” to this procedure and care for those who have suffered through this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**