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FORMS OF FGM

A clitoris is the outer tip of the vagina which gives pleasure when touched.

  1. Clitorectomy: involves cutting the skin surrounding the clitoris with or without cutting part or all of the clitoris itself.
  2. Excision: removal of the entire clitoris and part or all of the lips on the outside of the vagina.
  3. Infibulation: the most radical form. Removes the entire clitoris and some or all of the lips. The two sides of the vulva are stiched together to leave only a small opening to allow passage of urine and menstrual blood.

PHYSICAL HAZARDS OF FGM

  • Injury and infection of vagina, anus, and bladder, leading to lifelong disabilities
  • Tetanus
  • Inability to experience sexual pleasure
  • Painful sexual intercourse and menstruation
  • Painful urination
  • Infertility and childbirth difficulties endangering baby's and mother's health and life
  • Death from uncontrollable bleeding or from shock
source: FEMINA, August-October 2002, No. 29 ISSN 08566267

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Language: Kiswahili Booklet about FGM by WOWAP (2002) [PDF, 5.2 MB]

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