Hello everyone,

Girls and women who have had F.G.M may have problems that continue through adulthood including:

  1. Difficulties urinating or incontinence.
  2. Frequent or chronic vagina,pelvis or urinary infection.
  3. Menstrual problems.
  4. Kidney damage and possible failure.
  5. Cysts and abscesses
  6. Pain when having sex
  7. Infertility


  • Challenge the discriminatory reasons F.G.M is practiced.
  • Change traditions-with the support of older generations.
  • Educate girls on their right to decide what happens to their body.
  • Speak out the risks and relates of F.G.M.
  • Spread understanding that religion does not demand F.G.M.
  • Tackle the secrecy that allows cutting to continue.
  • Keep pushing for F.G.M to be banned.

Plan internal works with parents,community leaders,government authorities and children and young people to raise awareness,transform behaviors and put an end to harmful traditional practices such as F.G.M.

Where does F.g.m happens?


F.G.M occurs in countries which you can’t imagine.

Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and Middle East,F.G.M cutting is a universal problems is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America.

The practice continues to persist amongst immigrants population living in Western Europe,North America,Australia and New Zealand.


Why does F.G.M happens?

Gender inequality and discriminatory social cultural and religious norm are factors in why this harmful practices takes place.

To stop F.G.M all of us have a chance to take action to end F.G.M.

We should never keep quiet when we see this happening.

Some communities say that F.G.M is not bad  to our girls because:

  • F.G.M keeps ready the girl to get marriage-you can find that in some communities small girls[14 years old]are forced to get marriage.
  • F.G.M make girl to be clean.
  • F.G.M is the starting point of the new life.
  • F.G.M represents the maturity of a girl.

Education is the amongst the most important to stop F.G.M.

  • The focus on ActionAid’s programme is to work with communities to stop the practices,while putting pressure on government to introduce laws banning F.G.M,or effectively.Progress across the continent towards recognising women’s right.You can also  raise awareness about F.G.M by sharing stories.working with the United Nations Population Fund[UNFPA],[UNICEF]fights this extreme form of discrimination against girls and women on every level.In countries where UNICEF and UNFPA work jointly to end F.G.M,girls are one third less likely to undergoes this harmful practices today than were in 1997.


On benefits of F.G.M i would say NO but it might be argued that some “benefits” by:

  1. Increasing their power over others.
  2. Upholding traditions
  3. Being able to indulge their cruelty

By The way,i can’t think about any benefit to F.G.M.Let’s fight for F.G.M till it end.

Thank you for reading!

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Hi Shantel,  

Wow, nice job on your research round. It was very organized, and I enjoyed how you divided your research into different categories. As I mentioned underneath your last post, F.G.M. is a hard and grim topic as it is a reality for so many girls who are put at risk. Consequently, I continue to admire the hard work and development you are putting into your research. I particularly enjoyed your discussion on the ways we could prevent F.G.M. It really brings into light of what we, as a society, can do to advocate against this practice. When you mentioned how the practice can happen in “places we can’t imagine”, it shocked me how you talked about how it persists among immigrants living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. It’s even more intriguing how you explained that there are multiple communities that support F.G.M. It continues to shock me that girls as young as 14 would be forced into marriage. For future research rounds, I suggest you to look into specific cultural differences and views of the region on this topic. You may also find it interesting to investigate specific charities or organizations that are battling against F.G.M., and their impact so far. 


Websites you can use:  



Good luck! 


Hi Shantel

i enjoyed reading your research but still i'm in dilemma does F.G.M still take place?

i don think but i it does how do we fight it?how do we make people realize that F.G.M is outdated ....i wonder why cant people move on and live some tradition that are not helpful alone 

but its obvious for some African think that they are doing the right thing but they never realize the negative effects that they bring to girls. Like this book"blossoms of the Savannah"explains how some girls undergo the cut so that they can be ready  for the marriage but later on one of the girls undergo the cut which almost lead to her death

it would be wise if all of us help in the fighting of this destructive tradition F.G.M,you can use the link below may be it will help you in your next post

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