Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

Resource date: June 2014


Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to
the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”  Between 100 and 140 million women and girls around
the world have experienced cutting, including 92 million in Africa. FGM is not practiced in 80% of the
Muslim world, including the countries of Iran, Iraq,Saudi Arabia Jordan and Libya.