FGM is an ancient traditional practice which has been taking place for over 2,000 years. It is often mistakenly believed that FGM should be performed for religious reasons.
The practice of FGM pre-dates all the major religions
FGM is NOT required by any religious script
FGM is practised by ALL the major religions at differing rates depending on location
Leaders of all faiths have a critical role to play in the work to end FGM internationally
28 Too Many research on FGM practising countries to date has consistently reported that amongst the complex reasons given for FGM, religious values are commonly cited and used within communities to justify continuation. Both Governments and activists need to work alongside leaders of all faiths to bring about lasting change. 28 Too Many will continue to do so through our advocacy work and research programme.