Capability Statement: Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation violates women and girls’ bodily integrity, in many cases, impacting them across their lifespan. FGM includes actions that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice has no health benefits and can result in immediate, short and long-term physical and mental health consequences, including infections, fistula, chronic pain, menstrual problems and hemorrhage. It also increases the risk of HIV transmission, anxiety and depression, birth complications and infertility