The 6th February is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM. The 2017 theme is: “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030.”
About FGM, from the United Nations:
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.
Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) lead the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. You can read more about the work of the programme here.
On Monday 6th February, the UNFPA will be live streaming on Facebook all day for the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. You will be able to listen to activists, survivors, young people, journalists and health experts speaking about the reality of FGM and what you can do about it. For more information, click here.
Find Out More About FGM
To read more about FGM and the International Day of Zero Tolerance, have a look at these links: