Awareness about FGM

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a worldwide issue that happens on a much larger scale than people seem to realize. Young women and children are forced into having harmful procedures to remove partial if not all, of their outer genitalia for non-medical purposes. FGM is practiced nearly half of all African countries and is found in some parts of the Middle East and Asia. FGM affects about 125 million women and children worldwide each year. About 228,000 of these girls are from the United States and are sent overseas by their families each year to get a procedure. These procedures lead to infection, infertility abnormal menstruation, abscesses, risk of mother/child mortality, and countless other complications. This is a clear violation of human rights due to the forced physical and emotional harm put on these women and children for no medical reasoning.