Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the cutting or altering of the external female genital organs. FGM is a traditional cultural practice rather than a religious practice that can be found in communities and certain ethnic groups in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
There are no health benefits with this practice, and it can actually harm a woman’s sexual and reproductive health. What the law says about this practice? It is against the law for female circumcision to be performed on babies, girls or women.
For more information
The Royal Women’s Hospital – Female circumcision (traditional cutting) and the law in Australia
Australian Government Department of Social Services: Female genital mutilation/cutting