68mn girls at risk of genital mutilation by 2030

Obaseki advocates decisive action to end FGM

Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision

For instance, babies born to women who have undergone FGM are prone to having a higher rate of neonatal death.

In a statement to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, the MGCSP called on stakeholders, including the government and civil society groups, not to relent on efforts to end this gruesome act which has no health benefit to women and children.

Hundreds of millions of women have been subjected to female genital mutilation, the United Nations said Wednesday as the world body marks the practice's zero-tolerance day.

The UN exhibition that gathers testimonies from women, girls and adolescents about this harmful practice will be open until March 25.

While most of the girls and women who have been subject to FMG live in 28 African countries, and some in Asia, they are also increasingly found in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States; primarily immigrants from Africa and southwestern Asia, according to a joint statement marking the day from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women.

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In addition, the taboo surrounding the subject prevents them from talking about their experiences, and the harm and suffering they caused them.

FGM is a procedure performed on a woman or girl to alter or injure her genitalia for non-medical reasons and most often, involving the partial or total removal of her external genitalia.

At the worldwide level, it is recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and an extreme form of discrimination against them. "The practice exposes girls to difficulties either right after the practice or later in life when they may have complications with their sexual and reproductive health".

Within migrant communities in Europe, there are an estimated 500,000 victims and 180,000 girls are at risk of becoming one every year.

A campaign to stop the "barbaric" practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being supported by Slough Borough Council (SBC) today (Wednesday).

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