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International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Joharra Mohammed (age 25), World Vision Somaliland FGM Campaigner, in Borama, Somaliland. Photo: ©2010 Tim Freccia/World Vision

Joharra Mohammed (age 25), World Vision Somaliland FGM Campaigner, in Borama, Somaliland.
Photo: ©2010 Tim Freccia/World Vision

Today, February 6th, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative is working to fight against this injustice through health and education programs, such as in Ethiopia and Kenya.

FGM is still a traditonal practice in many parts of the world, with health consequences which include recurrent urinary and vaginal infections, chronic pain, infertility, fatal hemorrhaging, epidermoid cysts, and complications during childbirth. For the 140 million girls and women who are currently living with these consequences, we must continue to educate against this practice.

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