Ending female genital mutilation in the UK

Lancet. 2013 Nov 16;382(9905):1610. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62353-3.

Ending female genital mutilation in the UK.

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“Four women held me down. I felt every single cut. I was screaming so much I just blacked out.” So wrote Leyla Hussein in The Guardian last week about her experience of female genital mutilation (FGM).

About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM, which includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, cysts, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth. It has no health benefits for girls or women, and is a severe violation of their rights…

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