Does Everyone Have the Right to Be a Parent

What is it?
Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK.

It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. However, the true extent is unknown, due to the "hidden" nature of the crime. This practice is usually carried out using knives, scissors, and scalpels, pieces of glass or razor blades. Girls may have to be forcibly restrained.
According to NHS, FGM can have long-lasting physical and psychological effects, such as chronic pain, infection, sexual difficulties and complications in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as a number of mental health problems. It is therefore important that women and girls receive the correct types of care within the NHS.
More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa such as Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda (so many more countries) as well as Middle East. All this countries are where FGM is concentrated
An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone.1
FGM/C is generally performed on girls between ages 4 and 12, although it is practiced in some cultures as early as a few days after birth or as late as just prior to marriage.
According to a 2006 WHO study, FGM/C can be linked to increased complications in childbirth and even maternal deaths.