At least million girls and women alive today have undergone a form of female genital mutilation FGM. If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, excision or genital cutting, comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injuries to the genital organs for non-medical reasons, mostly carried out between infancy and age The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. Plan International Ethiopia is working alongside communities to end female genital cutting. As a result, boys and men are taking action to protect girls from harmful practices.
The number of girls undergoing female genital mutilation has fallen dramatically in east Africa over the past two decades, according to a study published in BMJ Global Health. The study, which looked at rates of FGM among girls aged 14 and under, suggests that prevalence in east Africa has dropped from The reported falls in the rates of FGM are far greater than previous studies have suggested, though some in the development community have advised caution over the figures. In February, the United Nations Population Fund warned the number of women predicted to be mutilated each year could rise to 4. In west Africa, prevalence is also reported to have decreased from
It is most prevalent in countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It is a practice carried out by members of different religions and cultures. But people are fighting back against it.
They say it takes a village to raise a child - but conversations with a community in Mali suggest it will take family, community and government support to end female genital mutilation FGM for good. Grandparents, mothers, fathers and mother-in-laws all have their role to play, as do religious leaders who can help dispel the myth that FGM is a religious necessity. However, the practice has not yet officially been outlawed by the government. Here are 7 lessons from a community Plan International is working with in Mali on how to end this harmful custom for good. Learn more about our work to end FGM.