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Female Genital Mutilation

Help Us End FGM

Help Us End FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves partially removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits, causes physical and emotional trauma, and commonly leads to infection, infertility, and even death.

Cutting is common in many cultures due to a belief that it is required to achieve a marriage match. Girls who don’t undergo the procedure might be thought of as promiscuous. The belief that FGM equates to purity, cleanliness, and strong morals is a reason why the practice continues.

FGM is a traditional practice that has become ingrained in communities over the generations, making it very difficult for girls, boys, mothers and fathers to challenge these traditions. We are working to end FGM as it is a violation of human rights that enforces gender inequality.

200 milliongirls and women live with the consequences of FGM

Infancy to 15yrs- the age when most girls are made to undergo FGM

3 milliongirls are at risk of FGM every year

FGM Survivor Christina:

They Were Preparing Me for Marriage

At the age of 16, Christina was forced to marry a man older than her father and take part in a secret FGM ceremony to ‘initiate her’ into womanhood.  Help us end the misery FGM causes for millions of girls by donating to our Girls Fund today. 

Impact of FGM

The damage that FGM inflicts can be life threatening as well as psychologically traumatic. The impact of FGM includes:

  • The risk of infection or death. Deaths from FGM do happen, usually as a result of haemorrhaging during or immediately after the procedure or due to tetanus and other infections in the weeks following. The majority of procedures are carried out by untrained women, in non-sterile settings using implements such as scissors, razor blades, and even broken glass. This means that girls will typically suffer from painful infections.
  • Increased chance of complications during childbirth. The damage wreaked on the female reproductive system means that women who have undergone FGM are twice as likely to die in childbirth and are also more likely to give birth to a stillborn baby.
  • Lifetime susceptibility to infection. Victims of female genital mutilation are more likely to suffer from recurrent uterine, vaginal and pelvic infections throughout their life.
  • Sexual dysfunction. Due to the trauma inflicted on their genitals, women who have been subjected to FGM typically experience pain during sex and physiological problems with sex.
  • Psychological damage. Women who have undergone FGM can be affected by a wide range of psychological problems. One study revealed that 46 per cent of those cut develops an anxiety disorder, while in another 78 per cent reported feelings of intense fear and horror that plagued them long after the event.

Our Work to End FGM

100,000 peoplein Guinea Bissau were reached through our radio broadcasts educating young people about the dangers of FGM

700 peoplenow understand the risks of FGM in Sudan – and now they help to put a stop to it

470 religiousand community leaders trained on the dangers of FGM

We're Fighting to End FGM in a Generation

We're Fighting to End FGM in a Generation

Our work focuses on helping young people take a leading role in the global campaign to end FGM. It is their generation that can break the cycle.

Meet the girls in Ethiopia who are fighting to end FGM in a generation with the Uncut Girls’ Club. 

We’re working with communities and young people to end FGM by:

  • Educating women and communities. We need to make girls and women aware of the harmful effects of FGM. That not only empowers women to make choices, but it also educates the women who carry out the procedure. Because men and boys tend to have greater power and influence in cultures that practice cutting we also work to change their attitudes.
  • Increasing legal protection. Part of our work involves working with governments and community leaders to put in place legal restrictions and make sure they’re enforced. 
  • Supporting victims. Those who have suffered FGM need help and support, so we work with local health workers and the wider community to provide psychological and medical support to victims.


Help Us End FGM in a Generation

Donate to the girls fund

FGM in the UK

FGM isn't just a problem in developing countries. While the majority of cases do occur in Africa, the issue is a global one. Girls are at risk in the UK, and even though it’s illegal here, it continues to be a hidden, but growing, problem on these shores.

Every 109 minutesminutes 1 case of FGM is reported in England

170,000 women and girls are living with the consequences of FGM in the UK

65,000 girlsaged 13 and under are at risk of FGM in the UK

Cutting Season

Cutting Season

FGM in the UK is a big problem during the summer holidays – a time referred to as the ‘cutting season’. Girls are flown abroad, often under the pretence of a holiday visiting relatives. On arrival they are then subjected to FGM, sometimes at the hands of someone with no medical training, with non-sterile instruments including razor blades, scissors or shards of glass. Check out the 3 ways you can help stop FGM and cutting season. 

Help Us End FGM in a Generation

Help Us End FGM in a Generation

Donate to the girls fund

Are You at Risk of FGM?

If you think you’re in immediate danger of being cut or of being taken abroad to undergo FGM you can call the police (dial 999). If you’re concerned that a child's welfare is at risk because of FGM, call the NSPCC’s free helpline on 0800 028 3550. The helpline offers advice, information, and support. Though callers can choose to remain anonymous, any information that could protect a child at serious risk may be passed to the police or social services.