Rise in medical providers performing female genital cutting (FGM)

A network of women advocates in Doka, Sudan. They are committed to ending FGM in their community. © UNFPA

Health workers around the world are being urged to mobilize against female genital cutting or mutilation (FGM/C), the UN has urged.

Around one in five girls have been cut by a trained health-care provider and in some countries this can reach as high as three in four girls.

UNICEF and the UN Population Fund UNFPA issued the statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM observed every year on 6 February.

FGM is illegal in many countries and medical providers who perform it in these places are breaking the law.

Nafissatou Diop, head of UNFPA's Joint Programme on FGM/C, spoke to me about the rise of what she called the "medicalization" of the practice.

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