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Female genital mutilation: United Nations calls for more commitment by 2030

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Bennie Garza | 09 February, 2019, 11:09

Kadiatou Balde grew up in a Senegalese village with the tradition of female genital mutilation.

"Not only is it illegal, it inflicts severe pain and causes health and fertility complications".

In cultures that condone FGM, it is usually performed by a traditional practitioner with crude instruments and without anesthetic.

At least 200 million girls and women alive today have had their genitals mutilated - suffering one of the most inhuman acts of gender-based violence in the world, said in a joint statement by Henrietta Fore, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) executive director, Natalia Kanem, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) executive director and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women executive director. The exact number who have been forced to undergo the procedure is not known.

Excision - partially or totally removing the clitoris and the labia minora.

"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030", the United Nations chief noted, adding that the United Nations "joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective".

With strong political commitment, we are seeing positive change in several countries.

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

Girls who are subjected to genital mutilation suffer the consequences for life, agree the specialists.

The Ministry of Health stated in a Tuesday press release that the celebration comes in line with the announcement made by Health Minister Hala Zayed regarding the ministry and state institutions's efforts to eradicate FGM and protect girls from the mental and physical issues associated with circumcision.

A woman with a rough blade used for FGM in Uganda.

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".

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