At least 200 million women and girls in the world today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice does not provide any health benefits, but rather causes serious risks for women’s health including chronic infections and pain, menstrual problems, and complications in childbirth. The data show that in at least 10 countries more than 65% of women ages 15-49 have undergone FGM.
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