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Female Genital Mutilation: Proposals for Change

1 April 1992

Medically unnecessary and extremely painful operations are routinely carried out on babies and young girls. In their most severe forms they involve the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia. This little known custom affects more than 80 million women and girls in over 20 countries in Africa.

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