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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

6 February, 2021

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves altering or injuring female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is a violation of the human rights, health and integrity of girls and women. In addition to short term complications — severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections and urination, long-term consequences include sexual, reproductive and mental ill-health. FGM is of universal concern with continuing practice predominantly in Africa and the Middle East, as well as across Asia, Latin America and amongst immigrant populations in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Coordinated and systematic efforts are needed to engage whole communities and focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs and suffering of women and girls.