Policy statement: Female genital mutilation

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) opposes all forms of (FGM). FGM is a fundamental violation of girls’ and women’s rights, including the right to life, the right to physical integrity and the right to . In the absence of any medical necessity, FGM subjects girls and women to health risks and has life-threatening consequences. Further, it contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and violates the fundamental ethical principle of “do no harm”. WCPT advocates that physical therapists should be aware that this practice has serious physical and mental health consequences. 

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