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Female genital cutting is a harmful practice involving full or partial removal of a girl's external genitals. It serves no medical purpose and has many harmful consequences.

What is FGC?

Female genital cutting is a harmful practice involving full or partial removal of a girl's external genitals. It serves no medical purpose and has many harmful consequences.

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The impacts of FGC

The impacts of FGC are varied and range from problems at the time a girl is cut, through to problems with periods, sex and childbirth, as well as potential impacts on fertility.

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Why FGC happens

Female genital cutting happens because it is a social norm held in place by the entire community. It happens for reasons of social acceptance. People may give other reasons including cleanliness, health and religion.

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Ending FGC

Female genital cutting is ending. Communities in Africa are choosing to abandon FGC following participation in human-rights based empowerment programmes.

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