On March 8, celebrating International Women's Day,
IWPG held an world-wide campaign for ban FGM
with members from branches and affiliates overseas.
IWPG takes the walk standing up for women and girls' rights
until we achieve the goal.

What is FGM?

FGM, Harmful Traditional Practice to be Abandoned
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is all procedures involving partial or total removal
of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for
non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Key Facts about FGM

  • At least 200 milion girls and women alive today have undergone FGM
  • It's mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
  • It's not just for one country's problem. FGM has been happened in 30 countries in Africa, in parts of the Middle East and Asia within some immigrant communities in Europe, North America and Australia
  • FGM cause severe bleeding even to death. And it cause health issues including cysts, infections., infertility and high risk of new born death
  • Not a Culture, it's Human Rights Violation!

    UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 calls for an end to FGM by 2030
    under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices,
    such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

    "Let us all have courage, and win the battle to eradicate FGM.
    Eradicating FGM is a symbol of women's rights globally.
    Eventually, the goal must be to make the law take full effect and to help people understand that FGM is a brutal act of crime.
    As long as FGM takes place, sexual inequality will persist. And there will be no true freedom
    for women and girls around the world. "

    - IWPG Chairwoman. Nam Hee Kim -