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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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Recent News
Observed Annually
Date
February 6
Events
Global Awareness
Advocacy Initiatives
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Calls for Eradication
FGM/C Focus
UN Initiatives
Secretary-General Statements
António Guterres
Urges Action
Against Patriarchal Norms
Supports Survivors
FGM Elimination Goal
By 2030
As per SDGs
Survivor-Centric Approach
UN Women
Advocating Rights
Amplifying Voices
Supporting Autonomy
Health Risks Highlighted
UNFPA Efforts
Community Education
Breaking Cycle
Yemen Case Study
Safia's Story
When
Established
Year
2012 by UN General Assembly
Why
Human Rights Violation
Lifelong Harm
Physical
Mental
Gender-Based Violence
Discrimination Against Women
What
Definition
FGM Described
Removal or Injury
Female Genitalia
Non-Medical Reasons
Global Prevalence
Affected Population
200 Million Women and Girls
Risk Statistics
2024 Projection
4.4 Million Girls at Risk
Legal Context
U.S. Laws
STOP FGM Act of 2020
Under 18 Ban
Where
Geographic Prevalence
Africa
Middle East
Asia
Who
Organizations
UN
WHO
DHS
UNFPA
UN Women
Personalities
António Guterres
UN Secretary-General
Safia
Yemen Survivor
How
Global Efforts
Raising Awareness
Advocacy Campaigns
Policy Implementation
Challenges
Societal Norms
Lack of Education
Inadequate Legal Frameworks
Significance
Empowering Women
Upholding Rights
Health Benefits
Challenges
Cultural Barriers
Insufficient Resources
Incomplete Legal Protection
Way Forward
Global Cooperation
Strengthening Policies
Community Engagement

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed annually on February 6, is a global initiative to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). This day, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, emphasizes the need to eliminate a practice that causes significant physical and mental harm to women and girls and is considered a severe violation of human rights and gender-based violence. With about 200 million affected women and girls globally and 4.4 million girls at risk in 2024 alone, the day calls for decisive action against patriarchal norms, amplifying survivors’ voices, and promoting global cooperation to uphold women’s rights and health. The efforts are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals’ target of eliminating FGM by 2030. Organizations like the UN, WHO, DHS, UNFPA, and UN Women play a pivotal role in this initiative through advocacy, raising awareness, and supporting legal frameworks like the U.S.’s STOP FGM Act of 2020.

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