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Female Genital Cutting

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Female circumcision or genital cutting is an age-old tradition, whereby a young girl or woman has her genitals cut. Depending on her ethnicity and nationality, a girl or woman may have part or all of her external genitals removed.

It's a 5000-year-old tradition whereby a young girl or woman has parts of her genitals cut. FGC is especially practiced in Northern and Eastern Africa. Girls are usually cut between the ages of four and puberty. It can also happen much later or earlier (even a few days after birth).

Depending on the local customs, a girl or woman may have part or all of her external genitals removed.