International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is 6 February. More than 200 million girls and women may experience long term health problem resulting from FGM.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

What is the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 06 February?International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

In International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February: No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act To End Female Genital Mutilation the United Nations elaborate on:

“This year the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) jointly launch the 2021 theme: “No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation.” Many countries are experiencing a “crisis within a crisis” due to the pandemic including an increase in female genital mutilation. That is why the United Nations call on the global community to reimagine a world that enables girls and women to have voice, choice, and control over their own lives”.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

In International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February: Ending Female Genital Mutilation By 2030 the United Nations elaborate on:

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women”.

In Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Overview the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) explain:

It’s also known as female circumcision or cutting, and by other terms, such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others”.

200+ Million Girls and Women

How common is FGM?

In Female Genital Mutilation: Key Facts the World Health Organization elaborate on:

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

  • “More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated”.

Menopause and Postmenopause

Is there an association between menopause, postmenopause and FGM?

In Long Term Health Consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) dated October 2014, the European Menopause and Andropause Society elaborate on:

“Although FGM is primarily performed in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, migration of FGM practising communities means that the health complications of FGM will have a global impact. It is important that health professionals world wide are aware of the damage FGM causes to long term health. In some cases it may be possible to offer interventions that will alleviate or improve symptoms. However whilst there is some high quality research on FGM and pregnancy outcomes, little is known about the effects on gynaecological, psychological and sexual function. Research is hampered by the problems of data collection on such a sensitive topic as well as the practical difficulties of analysis of studies based mainly on retrospect recall. Well planned hospital based studies of the impact of FGM on physical and psychological health are urgently need but are currently absent from the medical literature. Such studies could generate robust evidence to allow clinicians to benchmark clinical effectiveness and high quality medical care for survivors of FGM”.

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What if I am worried about something down there?

If you are worried about something – anything – down there, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Vulva & Vaginal Irritation: Odour the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“If you are worried about the odour of your vulva and vagina, and/or have other symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation, soreness, painful sex or painful urination, you should see your doctor”.

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Last Updated: 08 February 2021 – Last Revised: 04 February 2021
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