Female Genital Mutilation: 30 Million Girls Still Vulnerable to Practice

Hannah Osborne 8 February 2013

It is estimated that 140 million women and girls are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM) and that at least 30 million are still vulnerable to the threat of being cut

A report by the United Nations Population Fund and UNICEF found that, while fewer girls and women at are risk, the practice is still rife in many countries. Released in conjunction with the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting on 6 February, the report looked at 29 countries where FGM takes place as a cultural practice.

Data from the United Nations showed that 36 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 have been cut, while 53 per cent of women aged between 45 and 49 have been subjected to FGM in the countries covered by the report. (continue reading...)