What is FGM?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has a variety of health implications, including severe bleeding, problems urinating, cysts, infections, complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

Since February 2014, FGM is criminalised through Article 251 E (1-7) under title VIII ‘Crimes against the Person’ and subtitle IX ‘Threats, Private Violence and Harassment’ of the Maltese Criminal Code. Although many migrant women who are currently living in Malta originate from countries where FGM is practiced, there is no real estimate of the number of women and girls who have undergone the procedure.

Read more about FGM here.