More and more girls in Guinea are facing societal pressures to undergo the procedure of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

FGM is the excision of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Though there is a general global trend of departing from the practice, Guinea seems to be an exception to this trend as acceptance of the practice has continued to grow. According to the UN, 76% of women approve of FGM and women who do not go through it are seen as “dirty”.

Perhaps the acceptance of the practice is rooted in how women who undergo the procedure are treated. During FGM ceremonies, women are free from subjugation and are showered with gifts.

97% of women and girls in Guinea have gone through FGM.

Author: Cerebral Lemon