Sexual and reproductive health

Call to involve, mobilize and empower health-workers to end Female Genital Mutilation

Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.
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Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.

6 FEB 2015 – WORLDWIDE - WHO joins people across the globe today, to stand in solidarity against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to highlight the crucial role that health-workers can play to help end this practice. Female Genital Mutilation is a global health issue, and can have devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for women and girls.

New study highlights need for more research on female genital mutilation (FGM)

Mali, Social worker counsels a girl who was subjected to FGM
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Mali, Social worker counsels a girl who was subjected to FGM

17 December 2014. A new study, published today in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) calls for further evidence on how to improve the care of women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). Conducted by WHO and the Geneva University Hospital, this study highlights that although international attention has focused on efforts to end these practices across the policy, community and health sectors, more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to FGM and at least three million girls remain at risk every year. This paper reviews the existing evidence on obstetric outcomes, surgical interventions, and skills and training of health care professionals involved in the prevention and management of FGM and identifies future priority research areas.

Research and evidence on FGM

A pregnant woman talks to a community health worker outside her home, Ethiopia. She was subjected to FGM, as was her seven-year-old daughter.
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A pregnant woman talks to a community health worker outside her home, Amibara District, Ethiopia. She was subjected to FGM, as was her seven-year-old daughter.

WHO's research seeks to generate knowledge about the causes and consequences of FGM, how to eliminate it, and how to care for those who have experienced FGM. Summaries of other research in the following areas are also provided along with full texts where available.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

About FGM

Reply to American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on "Ritual genital cutting of female minors"


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