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Famous Dublin Singer Launches Campaign Against "Barbaric Practice" In Capital

By Darragh Berry

February 5, 2018 at 9:14am

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The Irish Examiner is reporting that a worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) is being launched in Dublin on Tuesday.

It is being supported by famous Irish singer and Dubliner, Imelda May. 

FGM is the practice of partially or completely removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons. 

It causes severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility and complications in childbirth.

It is illegal in many countries.

A survivor of the barbaric practice spoke at the launch of the National Plan of Action in Dublin and said that: 

"FGM is the ultimate form of violence against women and female children...the forcible removal of a child's sexual organs to control her sexuality has been going on since the time of the Egyptian pharaohs.

"We are calling on all women everywhere who care about women's rights to support their sisters in 30 countries across the world to call for an end to FGM."

It will be launched at Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema at 2pm on Tuesday.

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