Though it may seem as if the forced mutilation of genitalia, a barbaric practice, would be something long since evolved out of the human condition. But the practice does still exist, even within North America, and with it causes trauma, shock, severe pain, infections, and many negative physical and reproductive consequences.
And not to be confused or comingled with different tribal practices that may involve scarring or mutilation of an intentional and symbolic nature, where the participants free will is not compromised and the purpose is known and agreed upon. This is about forcing disfigurement of a sexual nature upon a vulnerable group, women, without consent, without purpose, where the practice is perpetuated out of control and fear disguised as tradition.
There is a global movement, spearheaded by the UN to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 with various focuses on both the younger and older generations, providing education, support, community building, and shedding light and awareness on the topic so that the practice disippates.
To find out more, please check out the UNs page: https://www.un.org/en/observances/female-genital-mutilation-day