It is estimated that more than 130 million women worldwide have been affected by female circumcision. Within the UK, over twenty thousand girls under the age of 15 are at risk of the controversial practice, also known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). .
Medical research shows that FGM has long term physical, sexual and psychological effects. The practice is banned in countries like the UK, United States and Egypt. But it still remains a common practice in some cultures.
In this podcast final year student broadcast journalist Doyin Oyegoke explores the issue with Layla Hussein, of the African Well Woman Service.