Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (July 2014)
According to an updated report published on July 22nd, 2014 by UNICEF, the proportion of the world’s young girls who are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) is around a third lower today than it was three decades ago.
Nevertheless, seven girls still have their genitals cut or mutilated per minute. And the rate at which the practice is declining is not enough to counter population growth. Unless the pace picks up, the number of victims will grow from 3.6m a year now to 4.1m in 2035.
In the African countries where FGM is a traditional rite of passage, as many as nine girls in ten are subjected to this practice (see map), which causes excruciating pain and can lead to infection, infertility and sometimes death.
Between 2011 and 2013, the Embassy of France in Uganda, thanks to its Social development fund, has supported UNFPA and UNICEF with €200.000 in a joint programme on FGM called “Accelerating Change”. More information on this programme : http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/about/Evaluation/EBIER/TE/pid/10103
**Source : The Economist