Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation works toward FGM eradicationListen /
According to the UN Population Fund, UNFPA, female genital mutilation has been around since the time of the pharaohs.
FGM, as it is called, is a procedure that intentionally alters or causes injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, reports the World Health Organization.
The procedure can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections and infertility. Complications in childbirth and an increased risk of newborn deaths are also known to have occurred.
The non-governmental organization Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation wants to put an end to FGM.
Gerry Adams spoke to Elisabeth Wilson and Holger Postulart, co-founders of the Global Alliance, about the organization's activities.