The United Nations adopted a resolution on Thursday, December 20, urging countries to ban female genital mutilation. The resolution is not legally binding.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million girls and women have received this operation, which removes part or all of the external female genitalia.
At the UN, nations have been asked to approve the resolution: "take all necessary measures ... to prohibit Female genital mutilation and to protect women and girls from this sort of violence.
Egypt has banned clitorectomies, and Eritrea has too.