The year 2020 marked the launch of the Decade of Action, a global call to accelerate sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges – inequality, poverty and discrimination – to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In 2019, the Nairobi International Summit on Population and Development (CIPD25) celebrated advances in sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), well-being and gender equality, 25-year-old after the launch of the Action Program in Cairo.
This was followed by the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2020, the most visionary agenda for the rights and empowerment of girls and women. But the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures, service disruptions and increasing household income poverty have increased the risk of FGM among girls, hampering progress towards achieving FGM. SDG 5.3, while making its achievement even more urgent and necessary. UNFPA projects a one-third reduction to achieve FGM elimination by 2030.1 Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, girls and women have been at the center of the UNFPA Joint Program’s humanitarian response – UNICEF on the elimination of the female genital system. Mutilation: Accelerating Change (Joint Program). Research shows that when girls and women are involved in crisis prevention and response, it leads to better humanitarian outcomes. By empowering and protecting girls and women, tailoring interventions to ensure continuity of services, while working to prevent and mitigate the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) and FGM, the Joint Program achieved significant progress in 2020 despite an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. . This was done in partnership with governments, civil society, women and youth-led groups, community leaders, advocates and activists, among other key stakeholders of the Joint Agenda.
Despite the challenges facing the world in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joint Program has recorded achievements in several areas. These include:
79,863,144 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ENGAGED BY DIGITAL APPROACHES AND CAMPAIGNS PROMOTING THE ELIMINATION OF FGM
120,605 GIRLS WERE SAVED FROM HARMFUL PRACTICE
2,156 COMMUNITIES INVOLVING 2,220,937 PEOPLE HAVE MADE PUBLIC DECLARATIONS TO ABANDON FGM
1,792 COMMUNITIES HAVE ESTABLISHED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS THAT CONTINUE TO PROTECT GIRLS FROM HARMFUL PRACTICE
As the pandemic continues to unfold, the Joint Program and its partners will continue to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on progress towards SDG 5.3, while boosting transformative recovery from the pandemic that reduces the risk of crises. future and relaunch the Decade of Action.