TO BE A WOMAN

Female genital mutilation is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. It happens to women and to girls in adolescence, childhood and even sometimes as a baby. There are absolutely no health benefits and is, in fact, very harmful to health in many ways. FGM was officially banned by the UN in 2012, but the procedure is still widely practiced...

3 million girls are cut every year across the world. The practice is mostly found in parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and within communities from countries in which FGM was common. However, FGM takes place all over the world, even in countries where the practice is illegal. It is estimated that 23,000 girls are cut in the UK every year.

FGM has no health benefits and it harms girls and women in many ways. There are two types of complications after the procedure.

Immediate complications like fever, infections, death, shock or excessive bleeding.

The long-term consequences covers urinary problems, scar, sexual problems, childbirth complications or need for later surgeries.

It is accepted that as a result of Female genital mutilation the women are scarred mentally and physically for the rest of their lives...

"There are huge pressures on families and communities to ensure daughters have FGM. People have strong and deeply held beliefs that FGM is a good and necessary thing for girls to go through. Not circumcised girl, can’t be married, she is expelled from her village and put on the same level as a whore." - Waris Dirie

Even though FGM is widely practiced in African countries, it doesn't mean that it won't affect us. It has become an increasing trend to see articles about FGM victims from around the UK.

People seem to be aware of the facts that these kind of issues are still fluorishing in the 21st century.

It's our time to use the power of social media and band together as one community, to put an end to FGM for good.

By Klaudia Szewczyk

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