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Female Genital Mutilation and the Law

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is sometimes called ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cut’. The practice has different names in different languages, see Other names for female genital mutilation below. FGM is the collective name given to a range of procedures involving the total or partial removal of the outer female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs, for non-medical reasons.