- A 2013 UNICEF report revealed 3.6 million girls and women were affected by female genital mutilation (FGM)
- The practice can cause health issues like infections, psychological trauma, painful scarring and even death
- If nothing is done the number of women impacted could more double by 2050.
- Charitable organizations have stepped in to provide medical treatment and education to empower women
Atlanta (CNN)A UNICEF report revealed in 2013, 3.6 million girls and women were affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). If nothing is done to stop it that number could more than double by 2050.
- U.N. Ambassador and FGM survivor, Waris Dirie established the Desert Flower Foundation. The organization operates centers which offer reconstructive surgery, gynecological and psychological care for FGM victims.
- The Kenya Women Parliamentarian Association, with support from UNFPA/UNICEF joint program is using education to help people understand that forced female genital mutilation is a violation of human rights. This has contributed to increase in communities abandoning the practice.
- Save The Children is working to shift the social norms that sustain the practice of FGM. They do this by empowering women and girls with education and access to income as well as increased access to sexual and reproductive information and services.
- Worldvision is intervening in eight countries in West Africa by providing support services and teaching public health workers how to see the warning signs of FGM and pinpoint girls at risk.
- Equality Now helps protect women and girls from FGM, as well as providing legal protections for the victims.