Female Genital Mutilation  (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice that involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia. It is estimated that between 100 and 140 million girls and women around the world have undergone genital mutilation. FGM ranges from the partial or total removal of the clitoris (clitoridectomy), to the removal of the entire clitoris and the cutting of the labia minora (excision), to its most extreme form, the removal of all external genitalia and the stitching together of the two sides of the vulva (infibulation).
FGM is generally done without anaesthetic, and can have lifelong health consequences including chronic infection, severe pain during urination, menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth, and psychological trauma. No one knows how many girls die from FGM.
Grassroots organizations in FGM practicing countries are working hard within their communities to eradicate this practice. Equality Now supports the work of grassroots groups to end FGM and in particular focuses on the enactment and effective implementation of legislation against FGM in relevant countries.
|Campaign for a Law Against FGM |
in Mali 2009
20 July 2015 Equality Now and Safe Hands for Girls Call on the U.S. to Ensure Efforts to End FGM Last Beyond this Administration 
21 October 2014 Remembering our friend and colleague, Efua Dorkenoo 
10 October 2014 The Girl Generation Launches 
12 May 2014 Equality Now works to end FGM in the US 
6 February 2014 Equality Now named to consortium leading a global campaign to end FGM/C 
5 February 2014 African Activist Declaration from Equality Now Workshop 
Other Equality Now initiatives to end FGM:
>> Eliminating FGM in the UK: The Way Forward 
>> Africa Rising, a documentary film produced by Equality Now about the grassroots movement to end FGM 
>> Campaign calling on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to revoke its 2010 policy statement on female genital mutilation 
For information about past and completed campaigns in this program area, please see the actions archive .