Statement Re: New FGM/C Report UNICEF Released


Posted:  May 15. 2024


As an integral part of the global movement to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), The U.S. End FGM/C Network remains deeply committed to our mission of eradicating this harmful practice worldwide. We commend UNICEF for its ongoing efforts to shed light on the prevalence of FGM/C through its recent report, Female Genital Mutilation: A global concern. This report is essential for advocating for additional services, policies and systemic changes that are required to ending FGM/C globally. According to the report released in March 2024, the number of women and girls affected by FGM/C has risen from 200 million to a staggering 230 million globally. This alarming increase underscores the urgent need for intensified action and collaboration to end this practice. 


As we reflect on the insights provided by the report, it is crucial to consider the next steps in our collective efforts to end FGM/C globally. While the report sheds light on the prevalence of FGM/C in select regions, it is evident that a more comprehensive understanding is needed. FGM/C is a global concern with cases documented in over 92 countries, including the United States. Therefore, to advance our understanding and address the true scope of the issue, we must broaden our research focus to encompass a wider range of countries and communities. Moving forward, one crucial step is to allocate additional funding and resources toward conducting comprehensive research on the global prevalence of FGM/C. This research should extend beyond the countries highlighted in UNICEF’s report to provide a more accurate depiction of the prevalence worldwide. By expanding the research efforts, we can gain deeper insights into the prevalence and practices of FGM/C, which will inform targeted interventions, policy advocacy, and support services for survivors. The U.S. End FGM/C Network remains committed to working collaboratively with partners globally to take these next steps towards ending FGM/C in our lifetime.