The awareness ribbon color for genital integrity is the pink and blue ribbon.
Female genital cutting (also known as FGM) is a term used by some organizations to refer to the practices that amputate or alter the genitals of females.
Genital Integrity Awareness Week is from March 24th to the 30th.
- The procedures are generally performed by a traditional circumciser in the girls' homes, with or without anaesthesia.
- The practice is rooted in gender inequality, attempts to control women's sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and aesthetics.
- When traditional circumcisers are involved, non-sterile cutting devices are likely to be used, including knives, razors, scissors, glass, sharpened rocks and fingernails.
Statistics: Female Genital Mutilation
- Over 130 million women and girls have experienced FGM in the 29 countries in which it is concentrated. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 20% of affected women have been infibulated, a practice found largely in northeast Africa, particularly Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and northern Sudan.
- UNICEF reported in November 2014 that prevalence rates for sub-Saharan Africa were 39% for women and 17% for girls aged 0 - 14; for Eastern and Southern Africa 44 and 14%, and for West and Central Africa 31 and 17%. As of 2013, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria had the highest number of women and girls living with FGM: 27.2 million, 23.8 million and 19.9 million respectively.
Information from our Female Health: Information for Women section - (Full List).