International agencies call for end to female genital mutilation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d832
  1. Weiyuan Cui
  1. 1Geneva

An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide are suffering from the consequences of female genital mutilation, experts from the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration told a journalists’ briefing on Friday 4 February.

The agencies called the briefing to publicise the short and long term health problems associated with the practice, in advance of the international day of zero tolerance to female genital mutilation (Sunday 6 February).

The once remote practice, associated only with Africa, now threatens more than three million girls each year in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia, and, with global migration, in many Western countries too, WHO experts said. Figures from the European parliament show that some 500 000 women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation …

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