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

68 MillionGirls may be subjected

to FGM by 2030

470,000Girls and women

accessed services to prevent or address the impact of FGM in 2018

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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5 ways female genital mutilation undermines the health of women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I have met many women who have suffered tremendously during labour,” said Dr. Kenza Aden, a
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