September 21, 2018 That's All Media

Female Genital Mutilation – How Can We Help

Credit: Jessica Lea/DFID

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been reported on for a while now, and is often seen as a foreign issue. In the UK, there are over 65,000 cases of FGM, and an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by the issue. In the US, only half of the states have legislation which makes the practice illegal despite over 500,000 women being at risk of FGM or the consequences.

FGM has no known medical benefits, and can potentially cause multiple health conditions from difficulty giving birth, infertility, or even death in some cases. The practice is around 2000 years old, and it is often only to keep in with tradition. However, when a tradition is this harmful, then we can agree that something must be done.

28 Too Many is a charity dedicated to changing this. They are named after the 28 countries in Africa where it is most commonly practiced. For more info about their strategy visit their website.

Written by: Aiden Perrins

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