To follow-up on our February theme, female genital mutilation/cutting, Girls’ Globe would like to show some infographics that we came across. The below map by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme against FGM/C shows the progress being made in eliminating female genital mutilation/cutting.

The map shows the prevalence of FGM/C among women aged 15-49, with the highest rates (90-100 %) in Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. However, rates are dropping. In Egypt rates dropped over 6 % in 8 years. This isn’t a lot, but the numbers are a few years old. What seems hopeful is the change between generations. Young women, aged 15-19, in Egypt are less likely to be mutilated/cut than women aged 40-44. This does indicate that the trend is going in the right direction, but it also shows that we are far from done with fighting this life-threatening practice.

Did you see Amnesty’s video on FGM/C? The video highlights the spread of FGM/C throughout the world. It is not only practiced in the countries showed on the above map. The graph above also indicates a few countries where FGM/C is practiced among immigrant communities, including Sweden and Norway, two of the countries with the highest gender equality in the world.

No matter where you live, we all have a part to play in creating awareness of the dangerous consequences of this practice.

Below is a video about the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme. It is a few years old, but it highlights the challenges as well as the progress being made.

During the past two weeks the UN Commission on the Status of Women has taken place in New York City, and a first-ever resolution on eliminating FGM/C has been discussed by all UN Member States. Let us await the results during the coming days, and hope that our leaders take the right decision to prioritize the lives of girls and women.

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