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 Egypt Egyptian lawmakers have approved tougher sentences for female genital mutilation, in an ongoing effort to end the practice. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 The elimination of female genital mutilation and gender equality are interdependent, mutually reinforcing goals. Alice Broster, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 The United States has toughened its ban on female genital mutilation, considered a form of child abuse and gender violence. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Jan. 2021 Born in a village outside Cairo in 1931, El Sadaawi was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of six and was almost married at 10. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz, 2 Apr. 2021 That can be anything from female genital mutilation, which is horrific, to female infanticide, where girl babies are not valued, to assault on grown women. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 Some $10 million over four years will go to UNICEF to reduce female genital mutilation. Rollie Lal, The Conversation, 9 Mar. 2021 Mwangi-Powell was previously the global director of an initiative working to end female genital mutilation. Martha Shade, CNN, 3 Mar. 2021 Many countries around the world have taken the step to outlaw female genital mutilation. Alice Broster, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of female genital mutilation

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of female genital mutilation was in 1979

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“Female genital mutilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/female%20genital%20mutilation. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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