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Zero tolerance for FGM

6 February marked the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). On the day, Sat-7 (Christian broadcaster in the Middle East and North Africa) ran a programme on the practice, hoping to open up the conversation and save lives.


FGM often involves the cutting or removal of the clitoris or other external genitalia. It stems from a cultural belief that women must be circumcised in order to be ‘pure’. Proponents claim that if a woman feels no sexual pleasure, she is less likely to have extramarital sex and will be less ‘demanding’ of her husband. Regionwide, FGM is practiced both by Christians and Muslims, with girls and women living in smaller communities at greater risk.