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 recent technical brief on female genital mutilation (FGM) reveals that about 4.3 million girls are at risk of FGM in 2023, and this number is expected to exceed 4.6 million girls by 2030 if efforts to end the practice remain the same.

UNFPA's research, which draws on data from 24 countries, also highlights subnational disparities of FGM incidence risk that have increased despite notable national level reductions. To achieve the goal of zero FGM by 2030, UNFPA recommends better research to inform more effective advocacy and strategic programming by and with countries where girls are most affected.

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