Broadly speaking, this covers harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes. During the first years in which this form of practice harmful to women and girls was discussed outside practising groups, it was generally referred to as ‘female circumcision’. This term, however, draws a parallel with male circumcision and, as a result, creates confusion between these two distinct practices. It is thus not recommended.
See: female genital mutilation
World Health Organization – WHO (2008). Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation: An Interagency Statement – UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO.