Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is used as a form of preservation prior to marriage. The procedure is to alter, cut, snip and remove parts of the external genital area of a female. As you are reading this, there are many young girls from infancy into their late teens, even before puberty, who are being tortured worldwide, predominately in Africa, Asia, Middle-East, and the surrounding areas and even here in the UK, where it is illegal.
The procedure is traditionally carried out by older females with no form of medical training and the practice is carried out with basic knives, scissors, scalpels, broken glass, razor blades and other sharp objects. There are no medical reasons, nor are there any beneficial factors for FGM; these young females are forcibly restrained which makes it a crime and not a culture, tradition, social practice or for religious purpose. It is a traumatic experience for girls and women, which affects the rest of their lives, leaving them feeling betrayed by family and loved ones as well as regret, anger and anxiety. ‘Zero FGM’ was conceived after witnessing multiple females lose themselves in depression, illness, fertility complications, relationship issues and near death experiences which stemmed from FGM. At the RFA Beauty Foundation, we are here to support females who have undergone FGM, or are at risk of FGM. We also aim to STOP it from happening to other females by campaigning against this abusive practice and contributing to the growing awareness of FGM.
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