In 2017 AkiDwA estimated that 5,790 women and girls living in Ireland had undergone FGM, based on  2016 data collected by Ireland’s Central Statistics Office.

FGM is known to be widely practised in at least 29 African countries, and it has been reported in some countries in the Middle East, Central and South America and Asia. The World Health Organization estimates that between 100 and 140 million women worldwide have undergone FGM.

But it is not isolated to these areas, and the practice is increasing among migrant communities around the world, so FGM is now a global issue.

With migration to  Europe increasing, FGM has become an issue in several countries. The European Parliament estimates  that 500,000 girls and women living in Europe are suffering with the lifelong consequences of female genital mutilation and that 180,000  children are at risk  of FGM every year.