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Report: Female genital mutilation remains “almost universal” in some countries

More than 125 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation, and 30 million more are at risk of genital cutting in the next decade, according to a report released on Monday by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

While support for the practice, which has no health benefits and can cause infection, infertility, loss of sensation and death, appears to be on the decline, the report indicates that a gap between public opinion on genital cutting and an "entrenched sense of social obligation" to maintain the practice "fuels its continuation."

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