Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call For A Global Response
FGM/C: A Call For A Global Response shines a spotlight on the presence of FGM/C in over 90 countries around the world. This webinar highlighted the key findings of the report as well as survivor perspectives and feedback from key UN agencies.
By standing in solidarity, with strength, humanity, and kindness we will emerge from this crisis into another new more exciting normal, where we will be stronger and better connected than ever before.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call for a Global Response, a new report released by Equality Now, End FGM European Network and the US End FGM/C Network, features the voices of survivors of FGM/C from across the world.
FGM is illegal in Canada. With diaspora communities from across Africa and the Middle East, it is estimated that over 80,000 women and girls are living with the effects of FGM in Canada. They may have immigrated having already undergone FGM, been subjected to it on trips to their homeland, or even illegally in Canada.
Indonesia has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world and research conducted by UNICEF in 2016 found that half of girls under 11 years old in Indonesia are circumcised. According to the data, 14-year-old girls and below represent 44 million of those who have been cut, and Indonesia is among the three countries with the highest prevalence of FGM among this age group, along with Gambia and Mauritania.
Nobody is talking publicly about FGM in Oman and we don’t have much data. But we know it is generally done to very young girls, often when they are babies during the early months after birth. I have heard that some babies are dying but nothing is noted officially so we don’t have proof or statistics.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is internationally recognized as a gross violation of human rights, a form of violence against women and girls, and a manifestation of gender inequality. This report, released in March 2020 in partnership with the End FGM European Network and the US End FGM/C Network, calls for global action to end the practice.