Female Genital Mutilation
While many African countries have outlawed it, female genital mutilation (FGM) is still being practiced by many African communities. In Kenya, some communities perform FGM as a rite of passage. The practice involves cutting off of a girl’s clitoris, which leaves her with permanent vaginal deformities.
It is estimated that hundreds of girls in Africa die annually while undergoing the cut. Medical experts also claim that FGM alters a woman’s sex life and can cause serious problems when giving birth.