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200m girls live with FGM -UNICEF

At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation with half of those living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, according to the UN children’s agency.
Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti continue to show the highest prevalence of FGM globally, but the overall rate in some 30 countries has dropped, said a UNICEF report released ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, on Saturday.
The United Nations is working to end the practice of cutting women’s genitalia by the target date of 2030, a goal set in its new development agenda that was adopted in September by all UN member-states.
Of the 200 million FGM victims, 44 million are girls age 14 and younger.
In the 30 countries where the practice is most widespread, the majority of girls have undergone FGM before their fifth birthday, said UNICEF which declared the practice a clear violation of children’s rights.
“In countries like Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti, the practice is practically universal,” said Claudia Cappa, the lead author of the report.
“Being born in those countries means you have 9 out of 10 possibilities of undergoing the practice.”
The prevalence rates for FGM stands at a staggering 98 percent for Somalia, 97 percent for Guinea and 93 percent for Djibouti.

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