Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Female Genital Mutilation FGM is a social phenomenon that is deeply rooted in African socio-cultural and religious facets. It covers a sequence of procedures carried out on the genitals of females of different ages, including total or partial removal of the female external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Several studies have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that FGM is more of a detriment than benefit to the mutilated women. Hence, this review comprehensively presents the narratives and experience of African women about FGM with a focus on whether they are beneficiaries or victims of the practice.
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An Overview of Female Genital Mutilation in Africa: Are the Women Beneficiaries or Victims?
By Nita Bhalla. While prolonged school closures in some countries have left vulnerable girls at home with no teachers to monitor them, lockdowns have disrupted the operations of anti-FGM organisations and diverted healthcare to fighting COVID Deepening poverty caused by the pandemic is also likely to have increased cases of FGM, campaigners said, with families having their daughters cut to marry them off to ease financial burdens, or to gain a dowry. The United Nations Population Fund UNFPA estimates that the pandemic will lead to an extra two million girls worldwide being cut in the next decade as the crisis stymies global efforts to end the practice by
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