Ending FGM possible in ten years with youth support: UN reproductive health official

6 February 2020

If young people can be mobilized worldwide to help stamp out the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, it can be ended within the next ten years.

That’s according to UN reproductive health agency UNFPA’s joint programme coordinator on eliminating FGM, Nafissatou Diop, in an interview just ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to end FGM.

She said that medicalizing the practice was not a solution and does nothing to reduce the harm caused by genital cutting for non-medical reasons, recognized internationally as a violation of human rights.

Ms. Diop spoke to UN News’s Cristina Silveiro and said there was now a high level of will and political engagement to end the practice.

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