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ACCELERATING CHANGE by the numbers

Since 2008, UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) and UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) have worked together to implement the Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting: Accelerating Change. Phase II (2014–2017) of the Joint Programme works with governments, civil society, communities and individuals to accelerate abandonment of female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) in 17 countries. It also supports regional and global initiatives towards this end. As the largest global programme addressing FGM/ C, the Joint Programme plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3, which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.