As many as half-a-million American women and girls are at risk from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to leading Muslim reformer and Clarion board member Raheel Raza.
She made the comment during a video interview for The Daily Wire while promoting the Censored Women’s Film Festival which took place in Los Angeles this week.
FMG includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Most girls who have undergone FGM are cut between the ages of four and 12. The World Health Organization regards FGM as a worldwide public health issue due to its harmful physical and mental effects.
Short-term complications can include hemorrhaging, pain, shock, and even death, while long-term complications include formation of cysts, problems with sexual intercourse and giving birth, chronic pelvic infection and sterility.
The trauma of FGM often lasts a lifetime and can cause depression and anxiety, among other psychological problems.
FGM reduces or eliminate sexual pleasure for the victim.