A Profile of Female Genital Mutilation

in Ethiopia

Lek’o Ali, 19, and Fatuma Ali, 15, attend an adolescent girls’ club in Afar, discussing harmful practices. Lek’o says, “I want to teach the public. FGM has to end in my community.”
UNICEF Ethiopia/2019/Tadesse


Every girl and woman has the right to be protected from female genital mutilation (FGM), a manifestation of entrenched gender inequality with devastating consequences. FGM is a violation of human rights and has been prohibited in Ethiopia’s criminal code since 2004. FGM is now firmly on the global development agenda, most prominently through its inclusion in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 5.3, which aims to eliminate the practice by 2030.

A Profile of Female Genital Mutilation
Data and Analytics Section of UNICEF (Claudia Cappa, Colleen Murray and Hyunju Park) with inputs from the Ethiopia Country Office, the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, and members of the National Alliance to End FGM and ECM
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