Female genital mutilation (FGM/C)
A grave human rights abuse
According to estimates by the World Health Organization WHO, more than 200 million women around the world are affected by Female Genital Mutilation or cutting (FGM/C). Furthermore, approximately more than three million girls are in danger to undergo FGM/C. Many women around the world are afflicted by physical and mental impacts of the practice.
FGM/C in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main-Area
FGM/C is being practiced in 30 societies around the world, mainly in African states but also in some countries of the Middle East and Asia and in small numbers in Latin American countries. In the course of migration FGM/C has been carried into countries of destination in Europe. Because of large immigrant communities from countries where FGM/C is practiced, many women or girls living in the Rhine-Main-Area are also affected or endangered.
According to estimates around 48.000 girls and women are affected by FGM/C in Germany while 6.000 girls are acutely endangered to become victims. The critical examination of the practice is oftentimes tabooed within the affected communities. Also in Germany, the lack of information and awareness set limits to the adequate counselling of affected women and effective prevention of the practice.