Engaging Boys and Men to End Female Genital Mutilation
Though female genital mutilation is often understood as a patriarchal norm oppressive to girls, it is not upheld by men alone. In most countries with data, men from practicing communities are just as likely as women to oppose female genital mutilation. Partnering with men and boys ensures families, communities, institutions, and policy-makers support and invest in promoting the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The report shares the latest data on the attitudes of boys and men towards female genital mutilation, with a particular focus on fathers of young girls, who are essential in halting the transmission of the practice into the next generation. It calls for boys and men to exert their influence in their families and communities, to support the effort to eliminate this harmful practice.