World Leaders, Global Community Should Prioritize Ending FGM, Advocates Say At Women Deliver

Thomson Reuters Foundation: World leaders urged to make female circumcision a priority like HIV
“Tackling female genital mutilation (FGM) should be made a global priority like HIV/AIDS, according to campaigners concerned about growing evidence that the abusive practice was more widespread than thought. … Some 200 million girls and women are impacted by FGM worldwide, according to U.N. data, but some activists said this was a ‘massive underestimate’ as it ignored the true geographic spread of FGM and omitted children and older women. … British anti-FGM charity Orchid estimated global funding for FGM was about $200 million for the period 2018 to 2021. HIV by comparison — which affects about 37 million people — attracted $20 billion in funding in 2017. … Campaigners called for data collection to be ramped up in order to fully assess the global scale of FGM and better target efforts to end it…” (Batha, 6/5).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270 | Email Alerts: | |

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.