Raising the Bar: Global Commitment to Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030

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Abducted from a playground in Egypt as a child, Aya (not her real name) was taken to a place she described as “scary.” Her trust and bond with her mother were shattered, causing permanent psychological and physical damage and death to many. Around 200 million women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice is prevalent in Djibouti and Egypt, where it affects girls’ code of conduct in relation to sex. The psychological effect of this crime is still neglected and is the reason behind many social problems. FGM is now on the Sustainable Development Goal, which aims to eliminate the practice worldwide by 2030. All these indicate a generally positive trend in gender equality, with an emphasis on increasing girls’ agency and assets, shifting social and gender norms, and enhancing access to essential services and strengthening systems.