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Transcript of FGM
What is FGM?
"all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external
, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons" (WHO)
FGM is also referred to as
“female genital cutting”
Types of FGM
partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora .
the full elimination of the clitoris and labia minora
When is carried out?
Why it occurs
Where it occurs
Religion or culture?
FGM occurs all around the world
FGM occurs in places where its illegal
23,000 females go through this process in the UK each year
Around the World
Around 101 million females around the age 10+ have been through this process
The complete or fractional amputation of the clitoris
The main factor that triggers FGM to occur is due to family pressure.
Sexuality and Fertility
There are communities where FGM has been prevalent for many years and each girl a part of that community is forced to go through this process.
it is a norm
girls are excluded if they don't go through the process
the guardians of the females believe it is the right thing to do
People who believe in this practice think that FGM needs to occur in order for a woman to conceive.
FGM provides no benefits
Specific individuals believe that FGM is a religious practice and that is why girls are forced to go through this practice.
No pleasure during intercourse
issues with menstruation
issues with urinating
issues during pregnancy
According to many religions, they present the lens that your body is
"a temple of God"
FGM is detrimental
Female genital mutilation is not practice based on religion but it is more of a cultural practice (amongst communities).
Premarital virginity and marital fidelity involve the family honor
If FGM isn't performed, it brings dishonor to the family
FGM controls the sexual pleasure of a female
in many cultures the practice is done right after the birth of the female
The girls do not get a chance to see the "real" them
“Female Genital Mutilation is a fundamental human rights issue with adverse health and social implications… (it) violates the rights of girls and women to bodily integrity and results in perpetuating gender inequality”
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"I am the happiest girl in the world; my mother and father will not circumcise me"
Example: United Kingdom
These girls are usually 15+ years old
The practice is done in the hospital
occur among young girls during infancy up to the age of 15
the practice is not done in the hospital
Scissors are used
Girls are tied up (their legs)
girls may be taken back to their home countries where FGM can be carried out
takes place during when these girls are off from school, which in UK's case would be the summer holidays
Occurs during the holidays so the girls can be cured
The practice usually occurs from right when the female is born up until the age 15
there is no specific age when the practice takes place
the practice is done by an elderly women who has done this practice to many girls.
the oldest woman of the community
Performed before or after puberty
Everywhere in Egypt
Female Circumcistion (FGM)
Girls (ages 15-49)
Demographic Health Survey in Egypt (EDHS)
-Rate ages 15-17 (91.1%)
-Conducted in 2008
FGM is HARMFUL
Daughters of Eve and Equality now are organizations that fight for women rights and want to abandon this practice
WHO is another organization that is dedicated to abandon FGM
Local ~ National ~Global
FGM shown as a crime?
~In Africa, 13 countries have implemented legislation
~"Center for Reproductive Right
>16 countries with criminal legislation against FGM
~There are communities where FGM as been prevalent for many generations.
These communities are strongly against the abandonment of FGM.
"International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation
FGM in Egypt