International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

6th of February - International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female
Genital Mutilation
 
Every human being, every girl, every woman has the right to live a life free from violence and pain, free in all its aspects. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) inflicts harm and causes lifelong health risks and suffering.  It comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It is a violation of human rights, the rights of the child, and a threat to the universal values of dignity, physical integrity and non-discrimination. Nothing can justify it.
 
Globally, it is estimated that between 100 million to 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15, and the procedure can result in severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections and infertility, as well as complications in childbirth that increase risk of newborn deaths.
 
www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday