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What is FGM and how is the world addressing it?

A look at an issue impacting girls around the world every day

Children in Shadow India

It dates back more than 2,000 years and is practised in many cultures and religions around the world. Today, world leaders are pledging to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030, but how much do you know about this violation of girls’ and women’s rights?

 

The act involves the partial or complete removal of external genitalia and is often performed with a razor blade on girls, although there are no health benefits. It can lead to bleeding, problems urinating, infections and complications during childbirth, with an increased risk of newborn deaths.

 

At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we’re beginning work on a new project to address this issue in Burkina Faso.

 

To learn more about the implications of FGM around the world, and the strides being made to end it, read the In Focus special from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world. For nearly 60 years, we’ve brought together diverse people and partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls.