Globally Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting is considered a violation of human rights.
FGM/C has been documented in 28 countries in Africa and several countries in Asia and the Middle East. Reasons for practising FGM/C vary between countries, cultures and communities. However it commonly occurs because of a combination of social, economic and culturally ingrained beliefs around gender. As such it reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and is a form of discrimination against women.
A global commitment to end FGM/C has seen the introduction of a range of programs to educate, support, advocate and change beliefs. Those that have been successful in promoting lasting change tend to operate at the community level and engage everyone – girls, women, boys and men.
This website provides information on FGM/C, some personal stories, as well as a range of research papers and resources suitable for those who want to advocate for change.