Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

1. Is FGM practised in your area/region?
2. What are the reasons for practising FGM?
3. Do you think FGM hinders empowerment, if so, why? 
  • Veronica Ngum Ndi
    No FGM is not practice in the "Moghamo" culture in the North West Region of Cameroon
  • Maryann Nwanneka Egwuonwu
    It is mostly practised in Northern Nigeria and this is as a result of their cultural belief.
  • Kipkoech Lewis
    FGM is practices by some communities in my country ( Kenya). These communities who are involved in the practice postulates that FGM was and is their culture and they want to continue maintaining such culture. Yes FGM hinders women economic empowerment because of the following reasons
    1) It is harmful to the female health
    2) It can lead to birth complications
    3) Doctors hundling such operations may mishandle the girls leading to fatal injuries or even death.
    • Thankyou very much for your answer. Do you Know the reason as to why these cultures practice FGM?
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