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The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change started in 2008 and has just completed the first half of its Phase II implementation period (2014–2017).

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Maymuum's mother died giving birth. Today, newly graduated midwife Maymuun provides lifesaving care to other pregnant women and newborns in Somalia.
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“When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first because I was the oldest. I was told to open my knees, so I opened them.

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