State of World Population 2020

Against My Will - Defying the Practices that Harm Women and Girls and Undermine Equality

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This publication documents the origins, drivers and prevalence of harmful practices within and across developing and developed countries as well as in humanitarian settings. It also highlights their impact on girls’ and women’s health, well-being and rights throughout their lives, the impact on demographics, national economies, development and eventual achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Where relevant, it also highlights the impact on boys.

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Cut, Scraped, Stitched: Female genital mutilation: Socially sanctioned gender-based violence

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice exclusively directed towards women and girls that violates their fundamental rights— to health, to bodily integrity, to be free from discrimination and from cruel or degrading treatment.

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