United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has disclosed that an estimated 200 million girls and women around the globe have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation, FGM.
It also stated that if the trend continues, 15 million additional girls between the ages of 15 and 19 would be subjected to the practice by 2030.
UNFPA disclosed that Nigeria has the highest number of FGM worldwide, accounting for about one-quarter of the estimated 130 million with FGM in the world.
‘‘In Nigeria, FGM has the highest prevalence in the South-South with 77 percent among adult women, followed by South-East with 68 percent and the South-West with 65 percent. It is practiced on a smaller scale in the northern region of the country. The medicalisation of FGM is one of the threats of elimination in the country.’’
UNFPA called for coordinated and systematic efforts to promote the abandonment of FGM which would engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality.
These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.
UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM in 17 African countries.

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