female genital mutilation

noun

Definition of female genital mutilation

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the U.S. abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

Examples of female genital mutilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The World Health Organization estimates roughly 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation. Fox News, "Somalia sees 'massive' uptick in female genital mutilation during coronavirus lockdown," 20 May 2020 Bogaletch Gebre nearly bled to death around age 12 when, like almost all Ethiopian girls of her generation and before, she was subjected to the excruciating ritual now known as female genital mutilation. Washington Post, "Bogaletch Gebre, defender of Ethio�pian women against female genital mutilation, dies," 20 Nov. 2019 Sudan Sudan’s government has declared female genital mutilation a criminal act. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Portugal plans for a green future, and more," 15 May 2020 Eleven Kentucky senators introduced a bill last week that would make female genital mutilation, or FGM, a felony offense. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Bipartisan group of Kentucky senators introduces bill to ban female genital mutilation," 14 Jan. 2020 In a move long pushed for by women’s rights campaigners, Sudan’s government outlawed female genital mutilation. Fortune, "U.S. women’s soccer team is dealt a blow in its legal battle. Is it a setback for all equal pay?," 4 May 2020 In 2015, Jaha Dukureh was recognized for her life-saving work, protecting young girls against female genital mutilation in Gambia, Africa. Noel Cody, Essence, "The Beauty of Giving Back," 23 Apr. 2020 Edna Adan, a former foreign minister in Somaliland and a pioneer activist in the struggle to end female genital mutilation, sees this as an important sign. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "‘I Feel Strong and Free’: Running Takes Hold Among Women in Somaliland," 18 Mar. 2020 Nkuraiya founded the school for children who are at risk of female genital mutilation. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "How One Kenyan Woman Is Fighting Female Genital Mutilation," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of female genital mutilation

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Female genital mutilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/female%20genital%20mutilation. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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female genital mutilation

noun

Medical Definition of female genital mutilation

: a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the United States abbreviation FGM

called also female circumcision

— compare infibulation

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