UNFPA research on FGM highlights increased risk: A call for evidence and action to end female genital mutilation by 2030

Resource date: May 2023

Publisher: UNFPA


UNFPA's research, which draws on data from surveys in 24 countries  and statistical analysis reveal insights that can strengthen programming to end female genital mutilation (FGM).

Significant progress has been made and the practice is declining in most countries where it is prevalent. However, most of these countries have a high rate of population growth – meaning that the number of girls who undergo FGM will continue to grow if the practice continues at current levels. If efforts to end FGM remain the same, the number of girls at risk will increase from 4.3 million in 2023 to 4.6 million by 2030. Getting to zero demands data to inform action to halt and reverse this trend.

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