Eliminating FGM/C central to UNICEF's mandate

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At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Eliminating Female genital mutilation/cutting FGMC is central to the mandate of UNICEF.

Deputy Executive Director of the agency Geeta Rao Gupta told a Washington DC press conference on Monday that what the report really shows so clearly now is that this is not an internationally-imposed shift required by the UN and others.

Rather she says, it is very much a local demand to stop the practise and so there's the need to find ways to support communities to end the practise.

” And it's central to our mandate because it undermines the rights of girls; it contributes to gender inequality; it's a form of controlling girls and women sexuality which is a core component of gender inequality and it's about violence against girls and women, so all of these are issues that UNICEF gives high priority to because through the Convention on the Rights of the child these are the kinds of practices that must end. “

The new report which draws on data from more than 70 national surveys presents the most comprehensive compilation to date of statistic and analyses on FGM/C.

Data shows that 125 million girls and women have already been cut. 30 million girls are at risk.

The report covers all the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM/C is concentrated.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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