"As I have spoken against female genital mutilation (FGM), my parents have started to listen to me and changed their minds. They have regretted what they did and promised that my fifth sister will not have FGM." Alemayehu, 14, Ethiopia.
At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone a form of female genital mutilation (FGM). If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by 2030.
In advance of United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM on 6 February, learn why it happens, what the consequences are and how we can END the practice.