female genital mutilation
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Practice of partially or wholly removing the external female genitalia or otherwise injuring the female genital organs for non-medical or non-health reasons.
Additional notes and information
(1) CEDAW Committee (2014). Joint General Recommendation/General Comment No 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and No 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices. Available at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CEDAW/Pages/Recommendations.aspx;
(2) World Health Organization – WHO (2016). Female Genital Mutilation Factsheet: Media Centre. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/