Obaseki Advocates Zero Tolerance, Decisive Action To End Female Genital Mutilation

Obaseki Advocates Zero Tolerance, Decisive Action To End Female Genital Mutilation

The national councils for Population, and Childhood and Motherhood on Wednesday will commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), in partnership with the General Federation of NGOs and the "Plan International" organization.

"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".

FGM is described by the World Health Organisation as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons".

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".

He noted that the Edo State government kicks against the practice and urged relevant stakeholders to take decisive action to stamp it out from society.

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Female genital mutilation is a form of gender-based violence, and in order to end it, the root causes of gender inequality have to be tackled, and the global community need to work for women's social and economic empowerment, they said.

An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subject to this harmful practice.

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a UN-sponsored annual awareness day to eradicate the practice. And every year, nearly four million girls are at risk, Guteress stated.

Female genital mutilation leads to long-term physical, psychological and social consequences.

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is celebrated globally every February 6 as part of the United Nation's efforts to eradicate FGM which is one of the ancient cultures practiced in Africa for decades.

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