female genital mutilation

(redirected from female circumcision)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to female circumcision: female reproductive system

female genital mutilation

infibulation or other mutilation of the whole or any part of a girl's labia majora, labia minora or clitoris. It is a criminal offence and it is an offence for a person in the UK to facilitate the same conduct overseas. It is not a defence to plead that the operation was required as a matter of custom or ritual.
References in periodicals archive ?
According to Beth-Zion, studies have revealed that in Nigeria, 40 million girls have undergone the knife of female circumcision and majority of the victims do not know the effects the practice may have on them or have a say in whether they want to undergo the procedure.
Commenting on the issue of medicalising FGM, Country Director of the Population Council in Egypt, Nahla Abdel Tawab, previously told Daily News Egypt that it is important to spread sufficient awareness in order to eliminate the phenomenon of female circumcision, especially the practice of female circumcision by health care providers, which is the medicalisation of FM.
Although Kenya banned female circumcision in 2011, the Kenya Demographic Health Survey data indicate a trend in circumcising at a younger age over the past decade.
Sitti Amilasan of the Department of Health Region 9 about female circumcision, who said that the local hospital had no record of trauma or infection after the female circumcision and one can't mix religion with medical views.
Currently, female circumcision is practiced in 30 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East with an estimated 200 million women worldwide currently infibulated [5].
With the routine excuse among its proponents who com- pare the practice to male circumcision and prefer the term Female Circumcision, Edna Adan pointedly explains why FGM should not be sugar-coated with some acceptably palatable term, as she says: "FGM is a mutilation.
Female circumcision -- or genital mutilation as it's more properly known -- involves cutting away all or part of a girl's labia and clitoris, and even artificially narrowing the vaginal opening in some cases.
Cairo: The Egyptian government on Sunday approved a draft law toughening penalty against female circumcision, better known as female genital mutilation (FGM).
"FGM, or female circumcision, is usually carried out for religious, cultural or social reasons.
The debate over female circumcision is rather controversial.
The foundation supports civic societies in developing countries, which work to counter female circumcision, abortion and child marriages.