Africa: G7 Powers Must Act Now to End Female Genital Cutting

Change is possible if global leaders meeting at the G7 Summit this week listen to the young girls whose voices, too often, go unheard.

If a 5-year-old girl growing up in a developing country could speak to global leaders, what would she say?

Would she be listened to if she spoke about something that happens in at least 45 countries around the world and impacts over 200 million girls and women?

Female genital cutting (FGC) is an issue which must be listened to. It is the removal of a girl's external genitals; a social norm and harmful practice which occurs all over the world. In the next 12 months alone, UNICEF and UNFPA estimate that a further 3.9 million girls will be cut.

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