68mn girls at risk of genital mutilation by 2030

Leroy Wright
February 9, 2019

"February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation".

On February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, a United Nations initiative, the organization urged the international community to take action against it and warned growing populations in areas where it is practiced put more girls at risk, Efe news reported. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, both members of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC), join U.S. and foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations, and local communities to call for the eradication of the practice..."

He discouraged the practice, urging communities who still subject girls to such practice to desist from it as they risk maiming the girls or subjecting them to psychological stress later in life.

UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund warned that the numbers of women and girls suffering from FGM are still very high.

Female Genital Mutilation is known to be harmful to girls and women in many ways: it is painful, traumatic, and causes immediate and permanent health consequences.

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The U.S. also marked the day by saying the practice "undermines the human rights of women and girls by damaging their health, limiting women's economic opportunities and girls' access to education, and increasing the likelihood of early and forced marriage".

At the global level, it is recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and an extreme form of discrimination against them.

The UN noted that about 200 million girls and women have had their genitals mutilated, adding that this amounted to one of the most inhuman acts of gender-based violence in the world.

While concentrated mainly in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, it is a universal problem and occurs in some countries in Asia and Latin America.

A campaign to stop the "barbaric" practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being supported by Slough Borough Council (SBC) today (Wednesday).

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