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Female genital mutilation also called female circumcision is the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia. In its most severe form, a woman or girl has all of her genitalia removed and then stitched together, leaving a small opening for intercourse and menstruation. It is practiced in 28 countries in western, eastern, and north-eastern Africa, in parts of the Middle East, and within some immigrant communities in Europe, North America, and Australasia on the pretext of cultural tradition or hygiene. An estimated 135 million girls have undergone FGM with dire consequences ranging from death, infection (including HIV) to sterility, in addition to the devastating psychological effects.
CAGeM is committed to the eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM). Our campaign focuses on developing and implementing educational programs to eradicate FGM and assist victims with free services. We also pursue the introduction of legislation banning FGM. The Campaign Against Genital Mutilation, CAGeM, is a nonprofit group that provides multi-faceted programs in communities throughout the world, with a mission of alleviating the effects of genital mutilation on its’ victims and mitigating its occurrence. CAGeM approaches the crisis of female genital mutilation in a multi-faceted manner by: providing free clinics where victims of genital mutilation can seek counseling and receive clitoral repair surgery, economically empowering women, and educating communities to examine and question a value system that condones this practice. Our efforts to respond to this nightmare are rooted in a realist-based and thorough plan.