The United Nations marks today 6th February, 2019 as “The International Day for Zero Tolerance Against Genital Mutilation.
On this Day of Zero Tolerance, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to sexual and reproductive health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.