Unless the media talks about celebrities, politics, or President Donald Trump, our country doesn’t want to hear it.
But an ongoing movement is developing throughout the world to stop girls and women from undergoing female genital mutilation.
Primarily performed on girls between infancy and age 15, female genital mutilation, or FGM, entails all procedures that intentionally remove or injure female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
Though FGM is primarily concentrated in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the United States is not excluded. An estimated 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being exposed to FGM, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention.
Who would have foreseen that over half a million girls are affected by FGM in the U.S. alone?