INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

February 6, 2019

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision is the cutting or removal of some or all the external female genitalia (which include removal of the clitorial glans,inner labia,outter labia and closure of the vulva). 

The practice is rooted in gender inequality,attempts to control women's sexuality and ideas about purity,modesty and beauty.FGM is usually initiated and carried out by women who see it as a source of honour and fear that failing to have their daughters and grand daughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion.

Every year,three million girls and women are subjected to genital mutilation in the world. In Nigeria,19percent of young girls are at risk of this practice.Female Genital Mutilation is dangerous and potentially life-threatening procedures that causes unspeakable pains and suffering.

FGM result in recurrent infections ,difficulty in 'unirating', passing menstrual flow,inability to get pregnant and complications during birth.

As we celebrate today,International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, WE IN WOMEN CONSORTIUM OF NIGERIA (WOCON) INVITE YOU TO JOIN HANDS WITH US TO PUT AN END TO FGM BECAUSE its dangerous to women's health.