FGM remains a serious global issue

A statement from the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has made it clear that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a problem that still needs urgent action if it is to be tackled.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin estimated that based on current figures, around 86 million more women will fall victim to the practice by the time 2030 comes around - with the majority of cases taking place in Africa and the Middle East.

However, he commended the moves that have been made by various European countries to aid UNFPA. In particular he singled out Italy, which has been one of the most vocal developed states that has endeavoured to put an end to FGM.

According to the Leadership, Dr Osotimehin cited the extra resources developed economies can provide as being of the utmost importance and he also hailed the efforts Italy had made to force anti-FGM laws.

He said: "They have played a vital role in strengthening legislation against FGM by supporting African parliamentarians in their efforts to end the practice."