UNFA- Short for United Nations Population Fund, is a lead UN agency that work hard for human rights, especially women’s rights. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is one of the main issues that UNFPA focus on.
FGM, a widely spread problem across Africa, is “a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons” (UNFPA). This practice affects 200 million girls and women alive today, and there is no permanent solution in sight.
However, UNFPA is determined to reduce the amount of FGM’s by educating the population in Africa. According to Mette Strandlod, UNFPA Nordic Representative, it is important to educate health workers, schools, priests and other people of status on the consequences of FGM, sexual and reproductive health and basic human rights. This way information will reach the greater community, and make an impact that way.
By Sara Silvennoinen