(also female genital cutting)
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.
- 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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Syllabification: fe·male gen·i·tal mu·ti·la·tion
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