Chances are, you’ve never heard of “FGM,” also known as female genital mutilation. For Americans, FGM doesn’t hit particularly close to home. But that doesn’t mean the problem is solved.
In fact, female genital mutilation is one of the most serious problems facing girls and women in 2022. More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM — and rates are increasing, not decreasing. This decade, tens of millions more girls are expected to be “cut” in countries where FGM is routinely practiced.
While the worst offenders are in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, FGM also exists in Asia and Latin America. Even in Europe and North America, female genital mutilation is commonly practiced among migrant populations. That’s right: North America.
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