Midwives committed to the abandonment of FGM!

ENGAGING MIDWIVES in the Global Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

No. of pages: 20

Publication date: 15 March 2016

Author: UNFPA

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Midwives play a key role not only in averting maternal and newborn deaths, but also in promoting good health in communities as a whole. FGM is a deeply entrenched cultural practice and many midwives face significant social pressure from the community to perform it. Midwives are however ill equipped to resist this pressure because the majority of midwives have not received formal training and education on FGM.