Female Genital Mutilation

Against the medicalisation of FGM/C

FIGO reiterates our strong statement against FGM/C. Suggesting that girls and women should be cut for medical reasons is a human rights violation.

Violence and FGM: my story

Writer, director and social justice advocate Insia Dariwala shares her experience with gender based violence and the Asian context.

FGM is still a human rights violation

Female Genital Mutilation is a harmful procedure performed on a child who cannot give consent. FIGO reiterates our firm stance against it.

My experience with FGM

A tremendous number of girls in Africa are denied the chance to reach their full potential because of a very harmful practise: FGM/C.

Sweden introduces new 'code' to help girls at risk of FGM to raise alarm

Girls passing through the Swedish city of Gothenburg are being given advice on how to raise the alarm when they are at risk of being forced into marriage or subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). The city, which is the second-largest in Sweden, is adopting a concept developed by the British...

FGM level drops in Egypt

The Egyptian government has revealed the level of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country has seen a significant fall in recent years. According to the country's health ministry, the teenage FGM rate fell from 74 per cent in 2008 to 61 per cent in 2014. The statistics were revealed on...

Liberia imposes year-long ban on FGM

Liberia has imposed a one-year ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). However, campaigners have called for a permanent law, saying the ban may not be enforceable. The new law - which came into force after former leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed an executive order before stepping down - will...

FGM not taken seriously by Northern Ireland politicians, says report

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not being taken seriously in Northern Ireland, according to a new report commissioned by the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI). The report criticised the fact there is no departmental body responsible for the issue and that there...

FGM revealed to be widespread in Kerala

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still being carried out in several parts of Kerala in India, including Thiruvananthapuram, even though it is being labelled a criminal offence, it has been reported. According to Sahiyo - an organisation working to stop the practice - FGM is still being performed...

Kenyan girls to take anti-FGM app idea to Google HQ

Five girls from Kenya will fly to the Google HQ to showcase their idea for a mobile app that will help reduce the prevalence of FGM. The group have already met with the tech giant at its Nairobi offices but they will soon be flying to Google's Californian headquarters. As part of an...