Council Commentary

Building Bridges to End Female Genital Mutilation

The Population Council, The Girl Generation, and the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme collaborated on the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to highlight progress and the remaining gaps in the effort to end the practice by 2030. In a joint commentary, the authors, including the Council’s Jacinta Muteshi, argue for an increased emphasis on strong partnerships and access to greater human and financial resources.

“According to UNICEF reports, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries and 3 million are at risk every year, [suggesting] we are not even confronted by a ‘momentary’ crisis. Rather it is a stubbornly societally enduring one with a truly global footprint that demands the construction of robust bridges between the key stakeholders trying to end the practice."

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