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Global Community Marks International Day Of Zero Tolerance To Female Genital Mutilation

Media sources mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, recognized on February 6.

BBC News: Female genital mutilation: Hospitals to log victims
“Doctors and nurses in the U.K. are to be told to log details of the injuries suffered by victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). The move is designed to gather more information on the practice, which was outlawed in the U.K. in 1985…” (2/6).

The Guardian “DataBlog”: What is female genital mutilation and where does it happen?
“Between 100 million and 140 million women and girls are thought to be living with the consequences of female genital mutilation, according to the World Health Organization…” (Boseley, 2/6).

United Nations: Secretary-General, in Message, Says Operationalizing Resolution Declaring ‘Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation’ Can Have Profound Effect
“As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I hold high the banner of empowering women and girls, promoting their health and defending their rights. The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is an opportunity to confront this persistent problem — and to find hope in initiatives proving that it can end. We should strive to preserve the best in any culture, and leave harm behind. There is no developmental, religious or health reason to cut or mutilate any girl or woman…” (2/4).

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
“…USAID has supported FGM/C abandonment efforts since the 1990s, after being approached by many African women who asked why we were doing nothing about this issue. … When communities as a whole understand the physical and psychological trauma FGM/C causes, social transformation takes place — and this has proven to be the best way to ensure lasting support and an eventual end to the practice,” Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator for global health, writes (2/5).

USAID: International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C
“The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joins the global community in observing February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, an internationally recognized day to foster awareness of the devastating effects of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) and to renew the call for the abandonment of this harmful traditional practice…” (2/6).

WHO: 6 February: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
“…As part of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, we profile Dr. Jasmine Abdulcadir, a physician in a multidisciplinary group of healthcare providers offering services to women in Geneva who have been subjected to FGM” (2/6).