Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an old cultural practice carried out by many communities in Africa. Despite its potentially lethal effects and clear short and long term health hazards to women, some of the affected communities find it difficult to let go of this practice.

As a rite of passage that exists in both Christian and Muslim communities in many parts of Africa, the PROCMURA Women’s Programme sees it as a challenge to womanhood which Christian and Muslim women should deal with collectively. In this regard, FGM and its threat to women’s health always constitutes part of the joint Women’s Programme. Experts on women’s health and the ills of FGM are always invited to make presentations to the women, while those who have gone through the practice themselves, give practical information on their experiences.