A Holistic Approach to the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

No. of pages: 20

Publication date: 2007

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

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Female Genital Mutilation, also called female genital cutting, is a reproductive health and human rights concern, with devastating short and long term impacts on the lives of women and girls. The practice touches every aspect of the mandate of UNFPA, including reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women's empowerment as well as adolescent reproductive health. This booklet describes the holistic approach that UNFPA utilizes - such legal and policy reform, national capacity building and working at the community level - towards its FGM/C abandonment programmes while giving a small sampling of the organization's country level experiences.