Female reproductive health and rights

The practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is illegal in Australia.

FGM/C includes any procedure that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, that is performed for non-medical reasons.

It is also illegal to take or send a person to another country to have FGM/C performed on that person, or to have someone else organise this.

FGM/C can have serious and long-lasting consequences. Women and girls arriving in Australia may have health problems due to the practice.

The specialist services listed below can help:

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