Engaging Midwives in the Global Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation

Published November 28, 2016   |    Updated November 28, 2016 1:46 pm

DEVELOPED BY UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND

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. In order to reverse the trend of increasing medicalization of FGM, it is essential to strengthen the capacities of midwives on FGM and engage them in the campaign to end female genital mutilation.

UNFPA is mobilizing midwives in the prevention and care of FGM through a joint initiative in the context of the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C and the UNFPA Midwifery Programme. Building on the expertise and networks of the two global programmes, UNFPA will empower midwives to serve as role models, counselors and advocates in the campaign to end FGM.

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