The 2014 Annual Report of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting has been issued. The report documents major achievements and innovations in 2014, the initial year of Phase II of the Joint Programme.
Of particular note in 2014 was the emergence of empowered young people as a bold, dynamic and growing force for change. The report celebrates their energy, commitment and courage. Stories from Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia and Uganda are woven through the report, highlighting the powerful contributions of young people. The report also takes the example of Kenya to demonstrate how all of the Joint Programme's strategic approaches can work together to accelerate change.
The year also saw the expansion of the Joint Programme to include Nigeria and Yemen, bringing the total number of programme countries to 17.