Female Genital Mutilation

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2002 National Disabled Members' Conference
26 October 2002

Female genital mutilation otherwise known as female circumcision is a practice carried out on thousands of women and girls throughout the world annually.

This can result in long term problems for disabled black women.

Once circumcised a woman will experience ongoing problems with associated infertility, infection and bladder associated problems.

We call upon the National Disabled Members’ Committee to highlight problems associated with female genital mutilation and how it affects a woman as a disability issue and to liaise with the National Black Members’ Committee and Health Group Executive to raise the profile on female genital mutilation and its health implications to discourage this practice.