Midwest Network on Female Genital Cutting

Information & Resources

What is Female Genital Cutting, or FGC (also referred to as female genital mutilation or FGM)?

FGM, often referred to as 'female circumcision', comprises of all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural, religious or other non-therapeutic reasons.
– World Health Organization

Female genital mutilation/cutting is typically performed on very young girls and is practiced for a number of reasons:

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) Fact Sheet

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FGC and Health

FGC and the Law

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FGC in the U.S.

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