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Traditional leaders across Africa move the needle against child marriage and FGM

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Working with traditional leaders, UN Women and partners are building impetus for a continent-wide commitment to end child marriage and female genital mutilation in Africa. More

Speech: “Ending FGM is possible in our generation. It is no longer a dream”—Jaha Dukureh

Monday, June 11, 2018

Remarks by Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, at the Opening Session of the European Development Days, Spotlight Initiative section More

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the CSW62 side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030

Monday, March 19, 2018

At the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo -Ngcuka said "It takes a man and a boy and a father and a brother to say: not my sister; not my child, not my cousin, so that this is not a fight that only the girls are waging." More

In the words of Jaha Dukureh: “We are at a tipping point in the movement to end FGM”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, is an outspoken activist leading the movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. More

Ending harmful traditional practices in Mali

Monday, February 5, 2018

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is supporting the Malian organization AMSOPT to change social norms and provide access to medical and psychosocial services for survivors of FGM/C, which is often referred to as excision in Mali. More

Statement: “FGM is an act that cuts away equality”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, 6 February 2018 More

Press release: UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

Monday, February 5, 2018

On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth. More

Executive Director’s blog series: Violence against women in rural communities

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The thirteenth part in a 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. More

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

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