Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2019

Three executive directors of the United Nations agencies on Wednesday called for actions to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation is known to be harmful to girls and women in many ways: it is painful, traumatic, and causes immediate and permanent health consequences.

"Female genital mutilation violates women's and girls' rights".

Speaking on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed each year on February 6, Guterres said, On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls.

The UN noted that about 200 million girls and women have had their genitals mutilated, adding that this amounted to one of the most inhuman acts of gender-based violence in the world.

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According to the statement during this counter-FGM day the National Population Council will emphasize implementation of the National Strategy against Female Genital Mutilation (2016-2020), prepared by the Council.

"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030", the United Nations chief noted, adding that the United Nations "joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective". "The practice exposes girls to difficulties either right after the practice or later in life when they may have complications with their sexual and reproductive health".

The UN said the practice "reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls".

"We are mobilising stakeholders to take the message of zero tolerance for this practice to the rural areas where this practice persists". To mark the worldwide day, UNFPA and UNICEF organized a photography exhibition at the visitor's lobby at the UN Headquarters in NY.

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