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Rural women explore new solutions to counter customs and poverty driving FGM crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old. During the Ebola crisis of 2014, a moratorium was placed on FGM as part of the emergency health measures. But now three years on, the practice has returned, even though the ban is still in place. While gender inequality, myths... More

Safe in Serengeti: Young women and girls seek refuge from female genital mutilation in Mara, Tanzania

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Mugumu, Serengeti, in the Mara region of north-western Tanzania, a safe house takes in young girls escaping child marriage, domestic abuse and sexual assault; but primarily girls who are escaping female genital mutilation (FGM). More

In the words of Ainuru Altybaeva: “Bride kidnapping is not a tradition, it’s a crime”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women’s empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls women’s movement, coordinated and led by UN Women in Kyrgyzstan. UN Women partnered with Altybaeva on several advocacy initiatives in Kyrgyzstan, including an advocacy campaign in the parliament on adopting the new law on domestic violence. She is the former chair and initiator of the Kyrgyz Parliament’s Women’s Caucus. More

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, February 3, 2017

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is observed across the world on 6th February, to raise awareness and boost efforts to end the harmful practice. More

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 

Friday, February 3, 2017

While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. More

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango talks about what it will take to root out the practice More

“Eliminating FGM is an essential step to realizing other SDGs”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, December 2, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the United States National Summit on Female Genital Mutilation on 2 December in Washington D.C. More

Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Gambia

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FGM is a long-running harmful traditional practice in her community in Gambia that has led generations of women to a lifetime of pain, a lack of control of their own bodily integrity and sexuality, and debilitating health risks, including death. The taboo surrounding the topic has impeded women to freely discuss their experiences of harm and suffering caused by FGM. More

Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender-based violence in Ethiopia

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

At the end of the training conducted by UN Women, religious leaders developed a 13-point call for action to end harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence in the region, including rejecting violence against women, child marriage and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. They are now preaching to prevent such violence in their congregations. More

From where I stand: Assétou Touré

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Assétou Touré is a 49-year-old woman from Mali and a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation. She has devoted her life to battling the harmful practice. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a statement for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of collective efforts to eliminate FGM for good. More

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, February 5, 2016

With 6 February marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UN Women unveils the story of Assétou Touré, a survivor of FGM from Mali who is working to eradicate the harmful practice in her country. Ms. Touré's story is part of our new series "From where I stand", which captures the unique and powerful experiences of women across the globe. More

Zero tolerance a must to end violence against women and girls leaders say at global UN conference

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a UN Women co-organised global meeting in Istanbul seeks concrete political commitments for active measures to end violence against women and girls. More

“With just the press of a button you can depress a person” – Executive Director on cyber violence

Friday, September 25, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Broadband Commission for Digital Development Gender Working Group meeting and launch of the report on cyber violence against women and girls, New York, 24 September. More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

Executive Director urges accelerated action to end Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, February 6, 2015

[As delivered] Dr. Babtounde Osotimehin Your Excellencies, Distinguished colleagues from UNICEF, UNFPA, Ladies and gentlemen. Today, on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), I want to thank the seven permanent missions that have invited us here to speak out on this subject. More

Comprehensive approach to end child, early and forced marriage needed

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Programme, took part in an informal panel discussion on “Child, Early and Forced Marriage Worldwide, including the Elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 5 September 2014, in the final days of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. More

Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Friday, January 31, 2014

UN Women applauds the thousands of communities that have made public declarations to abandon this harmful practice that cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture. To end FGM, leadership is needed at every level, from Governments to community and religious leaders, medical professionals and families. More

In Ethiopia, church bells ring for women and girls

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Religious leaders in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are raising awareness against violence against women and girls among their peers and in schools, while offering vocational training for survivors. More

To improve data collection, UN agrees on ground-breaking gender indicators

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The need to set concrete targets and indicators for a future global development agenda will be made easier due to the recent agreement by the United Nations Statistical Commission on a new set of gender-specific indicators, which will also measure more accurately the prevalence of violence against women and girls. More

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