Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.
“Between 100 million and 140 million women and girls are thought to be living with the consequences of female genital mutilation, according to the World Health Organisation.
FGM is defined by the WHO as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. It is recognised as a violation of the human rights of women and girls. In December 2012, the United Nations general assembly unanimously voted to work for the elimination of FGM throughout the world.” (theguardian.com)
For more information on the realities of FMG, read this blog by Toronto Star health reporter Jennifer Yang. http://ow.ly/nfdC8