Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, it is also practised in some countries in Asia and Latin America. But what Bishara did not know was that it would leave her with irregular periods, bladder problems, and recurrent infections. She was only able to give birth via Caesarean section. Female genital mutilation, or FGM for short, is the deliberate cutting or removal of a female's external genitalia. It often involves the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris, and the World Health Organization describes it as "any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons". Omnia Ibrahim, a blogger and film maker from Egypt, says FGM is distressing and damages women's relationships and how they feel about themselves.
What is FGM, where does it happen and why?
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Intersex people have bodies that are just a little different. Some intersex differences are obvious at birth. The practice seemingly originates from a historical fear that intersex bodily differences mean a person will grow up to be gay or transgender. But intersex people can have any gender and sexuality, just like anyone else. We still have to fight against our bodily integrity being taken from us.
Africa's Population Will Soar Dangerously Unless Women Are More Empowered
Earth is a finite place. The more people who inhabit it, the more they must compete for its resources. Although human population has grown steadily, developments in recent decades have been encouraging.
Support to address the impact of COVID on specific challenges in healthcare systems and services and the digital gap in education in Western Europe, India and Singapore. Grants for programmes in several countries in East Africa. Priority will be given to work with communities living in urban slums and semi-arid regions where economic hardship is most extreme. The programme focuses strictly on programmes, projects, education issues and technology issues that are related to water and sanitation. Grants are considered in the areas of education, social service, healthcare, culture and environment.