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Global Campaign to close the funding gap to end Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation #whatsthegap

We launched our global campaign ‘What’s the Gap?’ on the 15th November at the start of the 16 days of activism 2021. It ran through to Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation day on the 6th February 2022 and beyond. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the real funding gap in development assistance for ending female genital cutting or mutilation.

  • The total amount needed to end female genital cutting or mutilation 2020-2030 is $2.4 Billion `
  • The projected amount available to spend in 2020-2030 as development assistance at the country level is $275 Million.
  • The new investment needed in 2020 – 2030 (the funding gap!) is $2.1 Billion
  • The average cost of preventing one case of FGM/C is $95

Just before Christmas 2021 the UNFPA- UNICEF launched the theme for Zero Tolerance day as ‘Accelerating Investment to End Female Genital Mutilation’  #investdontrest – adding that ‘if global efforts are not significantly scaled up, the number of girls at risk of being subjected to FGM/C will be higher in 2030 than it is today’. The mirroring of our campaigns means that this is an burning issue which all of us need to highlight globally in order to bring about the end of female genital cutting.

Our partners and community organisations know better than anyone the affect that a lack of funding has not only for the impact you can have at community level but for the movement to end female genital cutting or mutilation as a whole.

We are asked for videos from different grassroots and community based organisations working to end FGM/C to say how much of an impact the lack of development assistance funding has on our sector and brought together our voices to create the ‘What’s the Gap?’ 3-minute video

In September 2022 we were excited to launch an information ‘What’s the Gap?’ hub

Our info hub has individual videos from both activists & funders, animated infographics and written case studies from grassroots and community organisations, a call to action template and links to the latest reports on how the sector needs sustained funding if we are to #endfgmc