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Genital mutilation or genital cutting, female

Internationally acknowledged breach of human rights. It describes a partial or complete removal or wounding of the external female genitals for non-medical reasons.

Female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM) and female circumcision, is a severe breach of human rights, violating our right to physiological and psychological integrity.

Some 25 per cent of the affected women and girls die during or after female genital mutilation. Even the non-fatal consequences are irreversible and lead to lifelong suffering for survivors. The procedure is generally carried out without anaesthetic, causing intense pain, which in turn leads to a high degree of traumatisation. Further possible...


Girls Clubs in Liberia

Clubs for girls, very often based at a school, which serve as a point of contact for girls with questions, e.g. relating to sexuality and reproduction.

These groups for girls have mainly been set up at schools. Members are girls who provide peer education to girls of a similar age. In particular, the dialogues they have and advice they provide concern issues of sexuality and sexual self-determination, gender relations, or reproduction and contraception ("reproductive health"). These Girls Clubs were initiated by media Liberia together with the headmasters or headmistresses at the schools and the Women Support groups. The concept can also be extended to girls' sports clubs and other groups,...