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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

February 6, 2023 All day

February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation!

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, is a harmful and illegal practice that involves the partial or complete removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. This practice is widespread in some African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries and is performed for cultural, religious, or social reasons.

FGM has no health benefits and can cause severe physical and emotional harm, including chronic pain, infections, difficulty with urination and menstruation, and an increased risk of childbirth complications. It is also a violation of the human rights of women and girls, as it is often performed without their consent and can lead to a lifetime of physical and psychological trauma.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement to end FGM and to protect the rights of women and girls. Many countries have introduced laws and policies to criminalize the practice and to provide support for victims. The United Nations has also taken a strong stance against FGM and has called for the elimination of the practice as part of its Sustainable Development Goals.

The zero-tolerance approach to FGM involves a commitment to ending the practice and providing support to victims. This includes educating communities about the harmful effects of FGM, working with local leaders to change attitudes and practices, and providing medical, legal, and psychological support to those affected.

Overall, the zero-tolerance approach to FGM is an important step in the effort to end this harmful practice and to protect the rights of women and girls. By working together, we can ensure that all girls are protected from this dangerous and illegal procedure and can lead healthy and fulfilling lives.