FGM/C: A Call for a Global Response - Global Report (2020)

This report is critically important for the global movement to end FGM/C by 2030


This report shines a spotlight on the presence of FGM/C in over 90 countries around the world and was written in collaboration by the End FGM European Network, Equality Now ans the US End FGM/C Network.

It highlights the need to act to end FGM/C without delay. It is a clarion call from survivors of FGM/C across cultures, communities, and countries to governments, the international community, and donors to recognize FGM/C as a global issue, requiring urgent global attention. Each of these women was cut. Now they are breaking the cycle of tradition and patriarchy by speaking out against FGM/C or sharing their experiences of being cut.

The importance of eliminating FGM/C is recognised within Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), dedicated to achieving gender equality. Target 5.3 under this goal requires all 193 countries that signed onto the SDGs to take action to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation”. With only ten years left to eradicate this widespread and harmful practice affecting millions of women and girls globally by 2030, the time to take stock and to accelerate action is now. This report highlights the global nature of FGM/C, shedding light on the available data on the practice of FGM/C in over 90 countries across the globe. The report also provides information on the legal status of FGM/C in those countries.

11 FGM/C survivors from across the world came together to add their voices to this report. Here, you can download their stories:

Aisha, Singapore

Darya, Iran

Habiba, Oman

Jenny, USA

Masooma, India

Mubaraka, India

Rayehe, Iran

Rena, Indonesia

Saza, Singapore

Serat, Canada

Tasneem, Sri Lanka

N.B on the report:

  • The report titled 'An Understanding of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation): Women of the ‘Bohra Community’ who are circumcised and it’s Socio-sexual Effects,' by Huda Syyed was published in 2019 and not 2018. It ought to have been cited as Syyed (2019) on pages 33 and 55.
  • For Russia, the last line on page 33 which notes that 'Based on birth statistics, a total of 1,240 girls every year were estimated to be at risk of being subjected to FGM/C' ought to have been cited to Antonova and Siradzhudinova (2018).