The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health said Friday that it had earmarked a special allocation of 80,000 euros for a programme to prevent female genital mutilation of women and young girls.

FGM is a cultural tradition that exists in the Middle East, Asia and some African countries. It often involves circumcision of a woman's or girl's external genitals or closure of the vulva.

The undertaking is part of Finland's commitment to the convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, which took effect in 2015.

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