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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2016, February 6

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February.
Día Internacional de Tolerancia Cero con la Mutilación Genital Femenina - 6 de febrero.
Journée internationale de tolérance zéro à l’égard des mutilations génitales féminines, 6 février.
残割女性生殖器零容忍国际日, 2月6日.
Международный день нетерпимого отношения к калечащим операциям на женских половых органах , 6 февраля.
اليوم الدولي للتسامح صفر ل ختان الإناث , 6 شباط/فبراير

Theme 2016 "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."
El tema de 2016 es «realizando los nuevos objetivos mundiales a través de la eliminación de la mutilación genital femenina en 2030»
Thème 2016 : « Réaliser les nouveaux objectifs de développement durable en éliminant les mutilations génitales féminines d’ici à 2030 »
Тема 2016 года: «Отказ от практики калечащих операций на женских половых органах в рамках достижения Целей в области устойчивого развития»

Never before has it been more urgent – or more possible – to end the practice of female genital mutilation, preventing immeasurable human suffering and boosting the power of women and girls to have a positive impact on our world.
The urgency can be seen in the numbers. New estimates reveal that in 2016 at least 200 million girls and women alive now have undergone some form of FGM. The numbers keep growing both because more countries are paying attention to FGM and collecting data – which represents good progress– and because progress in ending the practice is not keeping pace with population growth – which is not at all good. If current trends continue, more girls will be cut every year by 2030 than today owing to high fertility rates and youthful populations found in most communities where FGM is prevalent. And since the practice increases risks in childbirth, it causes harm to today’s girls as well as the next generation.
The potential for faster progress for success in eliminating FGM is also clear.  This International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is the first since the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all countries with a pledge to leave no one behind. The Sustainable Development Goals contain a specific target calling for an end to FGM. When this practice is fully abandoned, positive effects will reverberate across societies as girls and women reclaim their health, human rights and vast potential.
Today I raise my voice and call on others to join me in empowering communities which themselves are eager for change. I count on governments to honour their pledges with support from civil society, health providers, the media and young people. My Every Woman Every Child movement offers a partnership platform for action.
I am encouraged by the rising chorus of young voices demanding an end to the practice – and I echo their principled insistence on upholding and defending human rights for all. I am inspired by the brave Maasai warriors and cricket stars, such as Sonyanga Ole Ngais, who use their position and influence to demand protection for their sisters. I am heartened by the work of health providers, such as Edna Adnan, founder of the Maternity Hospital in Somaliland that bears her name, who insists that every single health worker under her be well-prepared to tackle FGM. And I am grateful for the engagement of The Guardian, which is expanding its work on ending FGM to Nigeria, and to so many other media outlets and reporters shining a spotlight this issue.
We can end FGM within a generation, bringing us closer to a world where the human rights of all every woman, child and adolescent are fully respected, their health is protected, and they can contribute more to our common future.
Ban Ki-moon

FORUM : Join the Conversation  #EndFGM

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences. UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.


EVENTS : Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years.

Press conference with Inna Modja, Patricia Tobón and Nafissatou J. Diop - 8 Feb '16
Participants at the special event “Mobilizing to Achieve the Global Goals through the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030” held on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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