The World Health Organization estimates that between 100 and 140 million women worldwide have undergone FGM.

In Ireland it has been estimated that a minimum of 3,780 women and girls living in the country have undergone FGM.

FGM is known to be widely practised in at least 28 African countries, and has been reported in some countries in the Middle East, Central and South America and Asia. But it is not isolated to these areas, the practice is increasing among migrant communities around the world, it is now a global issue.

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