International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

February 6, 2017


February 6th will mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is defined by the World Health Organization as “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. The United Nation’s goal is to eliminate the practice of FGM by 2030, and is raising awareness about this issue that affects the 200 million girls and women around the work who have undergone the procedure. There are currently programs in place attempting to engage communities and promote gender equality, while addressing the reproductive and sexual health of women and girls.


This practice most prevalent in the country of Somalia, Guinea, and Djibouti where rates are as high as 98%. FGM is routed in discrimination towards women and inequality between the sexes. It is a form of torture that may cause severe, life-long health issues including cysts, infertility and infection. FGM may be performed for religious reasons, and in many places, is seen as a “rite of passage” into womanhood. The United Nations is firm in their belief that FGM is human rights violation and should not be performed under any circumstances.


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