International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The ‘International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation’ lands annually on 6th February. Established by the UN, it highlights the plight of girls and women affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), involving the harmful alteration of female genitalia for non-medical reasons. This is a violation of human rights, affecting 190,000 girls in Europe alone. Today is about building awareness, emphasising its root in gender inequality and the need for men and boys’ roles as agents of change.

As of 2024, women’s rights face threats from health crises, climate change, and conflicts, exacerbating vulnerabilities to harmful practices. Today is a call to action, driving home the importance of education, community engagement, and upholding women’s rights to body autonomy and education. It’s also a day to acknowledge activists’ vital contributions, and their role in supporting millions of women and girls worldwide.

Relevant Hashtags: 
#ZeroToleranceForFGM #EndFGM

Learn More: www.un.org/en/observances/female-genital-mutilation-day

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