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United Nations bans female genital mutilation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously passed a resolution banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. This significant milestone towards the ending of harmful practices and violations that constitute serious threat to the health of women and girls was taken by the 194 UN Member States, who approved five General Assembly resolutions today on advancing women's rights, including one on intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations (FGM).

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.

Statement: Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, reaffirm their commitment to end this violation of human rights.

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.

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.

An update on WHO’s work on female genital mutilation (FGM): Progress report

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Studies indicate that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has changed in a number of ways. Most encouragingly, the practice is declining. This can be observed when looking at data from countries in which at least two surveys are available, showing that the prevalence has reduced in a number of countries.

Message of Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation

Monday, February 4, 2013

Message of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2013.

Unleashing youth power: A decade of accelerating actions towards zero female genital mutilation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Joint statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Liberia pledges to pass domestic violence bill and press for an end to female genital mutilation

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberia commits to passing its Domestic Violence Bill, and to sustaining enforcement of the law that denies bail to those who commit rape.

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.

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.

Female genital mutilation/cutting and violence against women and girls: Strengthening the policy linkages between different forms of violence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This policy note explores policy and programming interlinkages between different forms of violence and considers entry points in the areas of (i) national legislation, (ii) prevention strategies, (iii) response for survivors, and (iv) data and evidence, for increased coordination and collaboration to advance the objectives of ending both female genital mutilation/cutting and other forms of violence against women and girls, in particular intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.

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.

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.

Escaping the scourge of female genital mutilation in Tanzania: a Maasai girls’ school provides scholarships for those at risk

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

“You need to be circumcised to be married, so that if you get pregnant you don't bring shame to your family, explains Nengai, a proud, 26-year-old school teacher. In Gelai, the rural village where she grew up, all of the girls she knew were circumcised, usually after they completed primary school.”

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