Definition of female genital mutilation in English:

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female genital mutilation

(also female genital cutting)

noun

The practice, traditional in some cultures, of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for nonmedical reasons. It is illegal in many countries.
Example sentences
  • In November, the UN General Assembly passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation.
  • Egypt outlawed female genital mutilation after a 12-year-old died in 2007.
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