FGM/Cutting and Violence Against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls manifests in different forms. These include intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child, early and forced marriage, among others. Programmes to end harmful practices, and programmes to end intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence (widely referred to as violence against women and girls, VAWG) are often planned and implemented separately. While this is intended so programmes can be tailored accordingly, it can result in isolation of initiatives that would otherwise benefit from sharing of knowledge and good practices and, from strategic, coordinated efforts.