11 February 2018

UNFPA and UNICEF call for accelerated actions to end female genital mutilation

On the 6th of February, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UNICEF and UNFPA released a joint statement which emphasizes that FGM is a violation of human rights and its elimination is crucial for achieving SDG 5.3 and the whole 2030 Agenda.

In accordance with the UN data, the global prevalence of FGM has declined by nearly a quarter since 2000; however, population trends in some of the poorest countries may backfire the progress achieved in this particular area. As stated: “By 2030, more than a third of all births worldwide will be in the 30 countries where female genital mutilation is practiced. Without accelerated progress to protect the growing number of girls at risk of this harmful practice in these countries, millions of girls could be cut by 2030”. According to WHO, more than 200 million girls and women have been affected by FGM, mainly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, although it happens also in Europe. 

While calling for accelerated progress to eliminate FGM, the joint statement underscores the role of local communities and families, increased investments and redoubled political commitments as well as empowerment of women and girls.  

The full statement can be found here.