Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice that violates the human rights
of women and girls, and brings about notable short- and long-term health risks. In
30 countries where data exist, an estimated 200 million girls and women have been
subjected to FGM.
United Nations Member States have committed to eliminating
the practice by 2030 within the framework of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable
Development. This ambitious target cannot be achieved, however, without knowing
the precise number of at-risk girls and women.