Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilaton 2014. It is hard to believe that the practise of mutilating the genitals of young girls takes place the world over, but it does.
You may have heard of female circumcision. Somehow this term makes the practise sound more acceptable, but simply put, female circumcision is the mutilation of a female’s genitals.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. There are no health benefits for women or girls. Girls between the ages of infancy and fifteen are the primary victims of FGM.
It is a violation of the human rights of women and girls and causes significant risks to health including severe bleeding, problems urinating, cysts and infections. In later life, women will often experience issues with fertility as well as complications in childbirth. The practise of FGM can cause significant risk of newborn death too. This is Christine's story...