U.N. Leaders Call For End To FGM; Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of International Day Of Zero Tolerance

U.N. News Centre: With rising number of girls at risk, world in ‘race against time’ to end female genital mutilation — U.N.
“Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and death, said the executive directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)…” (2/6).

VOA News: U.N. Renews Push to Abolish Female Genital Mutilation
“…The United Nations says more than 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are currently living with the harmful and dangerous consequences of female genital mutilation. Young girls between infancy and 15 years of age are subjected to the practice, which mainly occurs in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The World Health Organization reports FGM confers no benefits, only serious problems, including severe bleeding, infections, complications in childbirth, and increased risk of newborn deaths…” (Schlein, 2/6).

Deutsche Welle: Where does the Arab world stand on female genital mutilation? (Dockery, 2/6).

The Guardian: ‘I believed no man would marry me if I didn’t cut’: battling FGM in Uganda (Okiror, 2/6).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Survivors of female genital mutilation say #MeToo (Batha, 2/5).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Schools act as havens for girls fleeing FGM, marriage in Uganda (Hayden, 2/6).

VOA News: Somaliland Fatwa Forbids FGM (Ahmed et al., 2/6).