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Girls from Sierra Leone share their experiences of Female Genital Mutilation and discuss the reasons why it takes place.

Cultural beliefs are one of the main reasons why Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) takes place. Preserving chastity, cleanliness, family honour and preparing girls for marriage are all reasons why this harmful practice happens.

Plan International is working to eliminate all forms of violence against girls and women, including ending harmful practices such as female genital mutilation. 

Learn more about our work to end FGM.

*Names of girls and women in this video filmed in Sierra Leone have been changed.