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Bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Petition published by Stu Ward on Aug 02, 2010
331 Signatures 
Target: All national governments
Region: GLOBAL

Petition Background (Preamble):

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises 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.

According to the World Health Organisation:

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.

An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.

It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.

In Africa an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone FGM.

FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Petition:

We, the undersigned, urge the governments of the world to put an end to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

This procedure causes permanent physical and mental damage to any person it is performed upon, can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.

The Bring an end to Female Genital Mutilation petition to All national governments was written by Stu Ward and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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