According to a report by the United Nations Population Fund, about 68 million girls face female genital mutilation between 2015 and 2030. The report states that there are 3.9 million girls who are mutilated each year and the number will rise to 4.6 million by 2030 unless scaled-up efforts are adapted urgently to prevent the situation from happening.
"The new figures show just how far we have to go to eliminate female genital mutilation,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem.
“The good news is we know what works. Greater political will, community engagement, and targeted investments are changing social norms, practices, and lives. We need to quickly step up these efforts to make good on our collective pledge to end female genital mutilation by 2030."
This year's numbers also include data from Indonesia, where the revised method captured the approximately 1 million girls facing mutilation in their first year of life.
The report came in the backdrop of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which was held on February 6. UNFPA, along with UNICEF, currently leads the largest programme working towards the elimination of female genital mutilation.