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Female Genital Cutting: Where To Get Help

Female genital cutting (FGC) encompasses all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, according to the World Health Organization. While the procedure seems like a tribal tradition undergone on other countries, many young women in the U.S. have undergone FGC.

Female Genital Cutting : More Popular in U.S. Than Once Thought
To many, female genital cutting seems like a tribal tradition. It seems like a practice that girls... Expand
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For many girls who may have already undergone FGC or who are facing community pressure to undergo the procedure, there's help. Here are a few places to turn:

 Equality Now: is an international human rights organization that advocates for the social welfare of girls and women.

 Sanctuary for Families is a non-profit organization based in New York that offers help for women seeking assistance regarding FGC.

SOURCE: abc

AUTHORS: Brinda Adhikari and Lara Salahi

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DATE: 18/06/2010

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