Minister of Women's Affairs, Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, reported that around 50 girls are being treated in hospital in Burkina Faso after botched circumcisions, or female genital mutilation (FGM).
Two 60-year-old women, along with the parents of some of the girls, have been arrested and worryingly it is thought that not all girls who underwent FGM have been traced.
This horrendous abuse of young girls continues even though FGM has been illegal in Burkina Faso since 1996 and offenders face up to three years in prison. There is increasing awareness of FGM and more politicians speak out against it but not enough progress is being made to end the practice.
How many girls must suffer and die before those in positions of power act to end FGM? We urge those who are able to lead work against FGM to invest in girls and women. We need to fund work at local level and help those who are supporting survivors and changing opinions at the grassroots. This is how we will end FGM.