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17/02/2014 Female genital mutilation - Fact sheet N°241 - Updated February 2014

Author: Millennia2015

Source: World Health Organization

 

 

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Female genital mutilation - Fact sheet N°241 - Updated February 2014

World Health Organization

 

The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. However, more than 18% of all FGM is performed by health care providers, and the trend towards medicalization is increasing.

 

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/index.html

 

 

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