Female Genital Mutilation

What is female genital mutilation (FGM)?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful traditional practice with strong ancestral socio-cultural roots. According to the World Health Organisation, it consists of procedures that, intentionally and for non-medical reasons, alter or injure the female genital organs.

Recognised internationally as an extreme violation of human rights, FGM furthers gender inequality and discrimination, seriously affecting the health and well-being of women and girls. UNFPA estimates that over 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone this practice and about 68 million girls face female genital mutilation by 2030  if we don't accelerate our efforts to abandond this harmful practice.