The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, on 6 February each year, is a time to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (FGM). According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subject to this harmful practice and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights.
The UN first officially commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, 2003. It continues to fight against FGM through a range of activities in addition to the observance. Female Genital Mutilation relates to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This practice is an abuse of human rights and causes serious health complications, including fatal bleeding. Significant efforts have been made at the community, national, and international levels to address the issue of FGM. Studies have looked at the physical, emotional and mental impacts of FGM. Research has deepened our understanding of the diverse reasons for the continuation of the practice, providing a frame for theories about the origins and social dynamics that lead to its continuation. Reflecting the work of dedicated advocates, today most practicing countries have passed laws banning the practice, and incidence is beginning to decline in some countries.
We Care for Humanity has seen remarkable progress over the past decade, unfortunately, work still lies ahead. We must all work together: men, women, grandfathers, grandmothers, community and religious leaders, government, civil society, and multilateral organizations. To overturn deeply entrenched social norms that are not only harmful to women and girls, but to our communities and societies.
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