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An estimated three million young girls per year are subjected to a practice called female genital mutilation (FGM).1 It involves removing, altering, or injuring female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is a means of social control and is often done to prevent a woman from having any sensations during sex. In certain parts of northern Africa, if a young woman does not have it done as a child, she will have to undergo the procedure before marriage or risk being rejected by her future husband.

The United Nations has condemned the practice both because it is a human rights violation that denies women their inherent dignity and because it poses several physical risks. The UN has launched efforts to eradicate FGM, and...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #47, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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