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Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child marriage, early or forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

An estimated 133 million girls and women have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or ablation in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where this harmful practice is the most common, With a high risk of prolonged bleeding, infection (including HIV), complications during childbirth, infertility and death.

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