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Female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation, is widely practiced in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. More than 125 million women have been subjected to different forms of genital mutilation across Africa and in areas of western and southern Asia, and 2 million women undergo the procedure annually. Female genital mutilation has no health benefits to women.An alternative rite to replace this practice offers hope to change this situation.A safer alternative to traditional female genital mutilation has been used for many years in some African countries. Female genital mutilation can provoke serious psychological and bodily harm in women who undergo the procedure. Research on this issue has shown that if communities decide to abandon female genital mutilation, the practice can be eliminated very rapidly.
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