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U.N. SG Guterres Calls For More Action To End FGM On International Day Of Zero Tolerance; Media Outlets Report On Global Efforts

U.N. News: With millions of girls ‘at risk’ today of genital mutilation, U.N. chief calls for zero tolerance
“Female genital mutilation, is ‘an abhorrent human rights violation’ still affecting women and girls around the globe, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres stated in his message for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, marked on Wednesday. ‘It denies them their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, even death,’ the U.N. chief added. … ‘On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted, and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls,’ concluded the secretary general…” (2/6).

Associated Press: Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision (Petesch, 2/6).

BBC News: What is FGM, where does it happen and why? (Ontiveros, 2/6).

BBC News: FGM: ‘The cruelest thing’ (Derbyshire, 2/4).

BBC News: Uganda FGM ban: ‘Why I broke the law to be circumcised aged 26’ (Byaruhanga, 2/6).

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation: 53,000 Australians have had procedure, report estimates (Davey, 2/6).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Factbox: What is female genital mutilation and where does it happen? (Batha, 2/5).