Save Girls from Female Genital Cutting
  • Petitioned Hillary Clinton

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Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton

Save Girls from Female Genital Cutting

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An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of female genital cutting, also called female circumcision. Female genital cutting includes several different forms of cutting practiced for hundreds of years. Infibulation, the most severe, involves cutting some or all of the external genitalia, leaving only a very small opening for urination and menstruation.

The procedure can also cause serious health and social problems that follow a woman her whole life. The health complications from infibulation can include chronic and severe pain, infection, prolonged and difficult labor and difficulties with menstruation. Psychologically, cutting can cause tension between couples due to painful or difficult sexual relations. Socially, cutting makes it harder for girls to go to school or earn income by making them more likely to marry early.

The practice of female genital cutting is disturbing to talk about. It is part of deeply-held religious and cultural beliefs in communities that practice it. But it also is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Every year, in communities around the world, as many as 3 million girls are at risk of this painful procedure despite its many risks. We must do all we can to encourage the governments in the communities where female genital cutting most often occurs to put a stop to it. You can help. Ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to do all she can to urge countries who practice female genital cutting to protect human rights and end this harmful practice.

Photo: 2008 Josh Estey/CARE

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    1. Reached 75 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Meg Fisher MARIETTA, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      It's so awful, I don't even know what to say.

    • Alice Owens YONKERS, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Oh my god. This is horrible. I'm signing this without hesitation. Respect their basic rights! And how DARE someone do that. It's horrible and cruel.

    • rohini bhaskar FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      it is so horrifying to just read about it, so we can imagine the torture and pain these girls and women undergo. I sincerely pray and wish this cruel practice will come to an end.

    • Andrea Davis SLAT LAKE CITY, UT
      • over 3 years ago

      Women must stand up for each other, for ourselves, and for the world.

    • Christine LeDoux PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Please respect basic human rights and find an effective and respectful solution to ending this terrible practice. Young girls deserve so much more, such opportunity that can be denied when subject to this procedure, such health risks and personal trauma that they will carry for their lives, or until an early death due to complications. Please help make this change happen.


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