Female genital mutilation on the rise in the United StatesListen /
Every year, three million girls and women across the globe are genitally mutilated.
Female genital mutilation (FGM), a procedure that involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, is practiced in many countries around the world.
But as the immigrant population in the United States increases, FGM is becoming more widespread in the US.
Aberie Ikinko is the director of CAGeM, the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation.
She spoke with UN Radio's Jocelyne Sambira about the organization's work to eradicate FGM in the United States and its recent partnership with the UN Population Fund UNFPA to help address the problem in Africa.