Engaging Midwives in the Global Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

Toolkit: Midwives committed to the abandonment of FGM

Publication Date: November 2014
Author: UNFPA


UNFPA is mobilizing midwives in the prevention female genital mutilation (FGM) and in caring for its consequences, through a joint initiative in the context of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C and the UNFPA Midwifery Programme. Building on the expertise and networks of the two global programmes, UNFPA will empower midwives to serve as role models, counselors and advocates in the campaign to end FGM.

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