Working with Communities to end FGM

FGM is the practice of intentional injury to the genital organs of a girl or woman for non-medical reasons. It is a cultural norm in many places, but not central to any religion.

The practice can cause health complications including chronic pain, infections, increased risk of HIV transmission, anxiety and depression, birth complications, infertility, and in the most extreme cases, death.

UNFPA partners with UNICEF in the world’s largest program encouraging communities to abandon FGM and to provide care for its consequences.


200 MillionGirls and women

have undergone some form of FGM

44 MillionGirls subjected

to FGM are 14 years old and younger

272,000Girls were saved

from FGM between 2014 and 2016 by UNFPA and partner agencies

UNFPA’s Programs to End FGM

Ending FGM is an important key to achieving gender equality. See the impact of UNFPA’s work.

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