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ICM issues stance on FGM

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Due to the increasing medicalization of FGM and the cry raised against this practice;  the Internaltional Confederation of Midwives (ICM), recognises and condemns FGM as a harmful practice and a violation of the Human Rights of girls and women; In keeping with the interagency call for elimination of FGM and global strategy to stop health care providers from performing FGM, ICM underscores that midwives should refrain from supporting or participating in any form of the practice at any time, and in doing so respecting relevant international and national codes of ethics.

ICM, urges its member associations and individual midwives, to be aware and informed about the practice and its health consequences, to ensure the health and Human Rights of girls and women are safeguarded.

ICM calls on governments to create enabling environments that support midwives, and other healthcare providers, to refrain from supporting or practicing FGM, and to be competent health care providers for women and girls that suffer from complications of it.

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