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What: Global Launch Event: Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting A Digest produced by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
When: November 24, 2005: 09:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Conrad Hotel, Cairo
The Innocenti Digest examines the social dynamics of FGM/C, a harmful practice which is a fundamental violation of girls’ and women’s human rights.
The Digest takes stock of the progress achieved to date in different countries towards abandonment of FGM/C, and identifies some of the most promising strategies being employed against it. Among the key findings:
Set in the framework of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, (November 25), this Global launch will count on the participation of Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Emma Bonino, Member of the European Parliament; Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Childhood and Motherhood as well as International celebrities, adolescents and anti-FGM/C activists.
The Global launch will provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and commitments in fighting FGM/C, and will also constitute the occasion for a major involvement of the International Community to support the Partnership Strategy Plan to End FGM/C in 2010, as part of the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
The Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, was established in 1988 to strengthen the research capability of UNICEF and to support its advocacy for children worldwide. The Innocenti Digests are produced by the Centre to provide reliable and accessible information on specific rights issues.
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21 November 2005:
UNICEF correspondent Sarah Crowe reports on a Senegalese community’s decision to end the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.