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.

 

336,777Girls

who accessed services to prevent or address female genital mutilation in 2019

68 MillionGirls may be subjected

to FGM by 2030

4.1 MillionGirls

are cut each year

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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