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Nice, the young Maasai tribal warriors battling infibulation


Female genital mutilation (FMG) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that have been subjected to this practice about 200 million among children, women and girls, from 30 different countries mostly concentrated in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete speaks in New York at Clinton Global Initiative about her crusade to eliminate female genital cutting - Photo credits www.repubblica.it

Female genital mutilation (FMG) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that have been subjected to this practice about 200 million among children, women and girls, from 30 different countries mostly concentrated in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Among the victims of this violence, 44 million are girls and adolescents up to 14 years. The highest prevalence among this age group was found in Gambia, Mauritania and Indonesia, where around half of adolescents (aged up to 11 years) have undergone mutilation. Countries with the highest prevalence among girls and women aged 15 to 49 are Somalia 98 per cent, Guinea 97 per cent and Djibouti 93 per cent.

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