Maasai women in Kenya meet to discuss practice of FGM
3 July 2014 Last updated at 07:01 BST
The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), where women's genitals are altered or injured for non-medical reasons, is rife in parts of Africa.
Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth.
Despite these complications, cultural and religious beliefs mean millions of girls are still at risk of being mutilated.
Anne Soy reports from Kenya where there is a generational divide between proponents of FGM and those who want to abandon the tradition.