Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
has been a tradition in rural Ethiopian communities for thousands of years, with its roots dating back to the Pharaohs of Egypt. Unfortunately it is a very harmful practice, causing immense pain and ongoing suffering and trauma to girls.
Great progress has been made in the last 30 years
Girls today are 1/3 less likely to be subjected to FGM but we need to stop it completely. We are working alongside the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate it completely by 2030.
The pandemic and the conflict have pushed progress back
According to UNICEF, action against FGM must now be accelerated tenfold due to the pandemic and other overlapping crises such as rising poverty, inequality and conflict.