2022 Global Annual Report - Reimagining Resilience

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in the Context of the Polycrisis


In 2022, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation achieved significant milestones. This annual report focuses on "reimagining resilience" to address the impact of the polycrisis on gender equality and women's empowerment. The report highlights the launch of Phase IV (2022-2030) of the Joint Programme, which emphasizes promoting girls' agency, achieving transformative change through social movements, strengthening partnerships with women-led organizations, expanding global influence, and leveraging public-private partnerships for FGM elimination.

Despite challenges posed by the polycrisis, the Joint Programme delivered impressive results across 17 countries. By centring adolescent girls' agency, voice, and leadership, and scaling up partnerships with grassroots women- and youth-led organizations, the Joint Programme furthered its commitment to addressing gender equality and fostering resilience against FGM. Innovation and technology were harnessed to overcome obstacles and develop new solutions to tackle FGM. Key achievements include: 

  • Around 1.2 million people participated in public declarations of FGM.
  • Around 18.8 million people were reached through mass and social media campaigns.
  • 281,595 girls and women received services in healthcare, social welfare, and access to justice.
  • Around 2.5 million people actively engaged in community dialogues.
  • 660,359 girls benefited from comprehensive sexuality education and life skills programs.
  • 433,247 men and boys engaged in activities promoting gender equality and positive masculinities related to FGM
  • 49,681 religious, community and traditional leaders publicly denounced FGM as a harmful practice. 
  • 3,663 communities established surveillance structures to monitor and report FGM cases.
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