This Report of the Secretary General on Ending female genital mutilation follows the resolution 54/7 of the Commission on the Status of Women and seeks to track the progress made by member states and UN agencies in the fight against female genital mutilation. According to the report, progress has been made in the legal aspect by passing laws against FGM, and complemented by community-level strategies carried out by a variety of stakeholders.
Nevertheless, data points to the fact that the age at which girls are subjected to the procedure is lowering and that medical staff is being involved. While legislation is being passed in multiple states, the enforcement of these laws still remains an issue. Deep-rooted beliefs and gender roles lie at the heart of FGM and are the main cause for its continuity.