Bending the curve: FGM trends we aim to change

February 2018
Author: UNFPA

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If FGM continues to be practised at current levels, 68 million girls will be subjected to FGM by 2030.

New data shows the numbers are larger, and increasing.

Prior estimates did not include data from Indonesia, thereby underestimating the number of girls having FGM each year in high-risk countries. Prior estimates indicated approximately 3.2 million girls have FGM per year.

Why will the number increase? Because of population growth among young girls in 25 countries where FGM is prevalent and relevant data are available.