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Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

07 February 2018

The 2016 UNICEF report said girls and women in 30 countries have been subjected to FGM, more than half from Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia.

As the campaign reached the point of a Thunderclap on social media, with supporters taking to the twittersphere using the #MeTooFGM hashtag at 2pm on Tuesday, the target for midnight was already being passed. The same study also noted the practice was absent in other ethnic groups.

"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice (Female Genital Mutilation or FGM) by 2030".

"The law against FGM, ACT 741 of the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana entitled Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 2007, provides for imprisonment and/or fines for both the circumciser and those who request, incite, or promote excision by providing money, goods, or moral support".

Without concerted, accelerated action, the United Nations chief said, a further 68 million girls could be subjected to this harmful practice by 2030.

Type 4: This includes all other procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, like pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterising the genital area.

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"We have come very far as the leading African country in our practice of democracy, the rule of law and the fight for human rights".

With increased investment, redoubled political commitment, greater community engagement and more empowered women and girls, the agency heads upheld, "it is a race that can be won".

India's Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said past year she would legislate against the practice unless the Bohra spiritual leader issued a ban.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has to intervene in the issue efficiently, Tharoor said while speaking during the release of the report "The Clitoral Hood a Contested Site: Khafd or Female Genital Mutilation in India" prepared by various organizations jointly.

"Given the rising number of girls at risk, this is a race against trends. And because it can, it must".

It was created to draw global attention to the United Nations day to end FGM.

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"It is high time to eliminate female genital mutilation from the face of the earth forever".

"We have to have these conversations with these communities to work on their beliefs and cultural norms and for them to understand it's a matter of rights, and health for women and girls", Bibeau said.

In many countries, there are less younger females who have been cut than older females which indicates that some progress is being made.

"Sustainable development can not be achieved without full respect for the human rights of women and girls", he upheld, reiterating SDG 5's target for FMG elimination.

Aside from a range of sexual dysfunction that follow FGM, such as women becoming anorgasmic, or experiencing reduced pleasure, FGM can also result in infertility in some cases, according to an article titled "Female genital mutilation: cultural and psychological implications".

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Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation