Over recent years there have been significant achievements towards ending female genital mutilation (FGM). In 2012, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution calling for the elimination of FGM, laws have been passed or enhanced in many countries and there is a vibrant global movement against the practice. Data shows that FGM is in decline in some countries, notably Kenya. However new research from UNICEF concludes that there are more than 200 million girls and women living who have had FGM.
This is why it is important that today on 6th February, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we all come together and pledge to be the generation that ends FGM.
"Although the practice of FGM cannot be justified by medical reasons, in many countries it is executed more and more often by medical professionals, which constitutes ones of the greatest threats to the abandonment of the practice. A recent analysis of existing data shows that more than 18 per cent of all girls and women who have been subjected to FGM have had the procedure performed by a health-care provider and in some countries this rate is as high as 74 per cent." - United Nations
FGM key facts (source: United Nations)
28 Too Many works to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Our primary focus is on research and enabling local initiatives to end FGM. We campaign and advocate for change globally and support local projects which will lead to lasting change to end FGM. Read more about our work in our annual report.
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