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Female genital mutilation/cutting

A race against trends
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – “Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable, least powerful members of society – girls between infancy and age 15. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the low status of girls and women in too many places. A drag on the well-being of communities and economies.

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
NEW YORK, 5 June 2017 –“It was with shock and great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of my cherished friend and colleague, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.

The world must make faster progress to end female genital mutilation by 2030
NEW YORK, 6 February 2017 - “It irreparably damages girls’ bodies, inflicting excruciating pain. It causes extreme emotional trauma that can last a lifetime.

Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists – UNICEF figures
NEW YORK, 14 July, 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end, according to UNICEF data.

UNICEF with Christian and Islamic leaders in Egypt release studies on FGM and other violence against children
CAIRO, 9 May 2016 - Al-Azhar Al-Sahrief, Al-Azhar University and the Coptic Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today launched three publications by religious scholars on Islamic and Christian perspectives on protecting children from violence and harmful practices.

Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030, say UNFPA and UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – “FGM is a violent practice, scarring girls for life -- endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential. 

New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Media Advisory - Girl Summit: Ending female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation
Girls who undergo FGM/C are at risk of prolonged bleeding, infection including HIV, infertility, and death. A girl who is married as a child is more likely to be out of school, experience domestic abuse and contract sexually transmitted infections.  She will have children when she herself is still a child, and is far more likely to die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their twenties.

Over 6,000 communities across Africa abandon female genital mutilation/cutting
LONDON/GENEVA, 6 February 2010 – Over 6,000 communities have chosen to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), according to a joint...

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C
Joint statement - 6 February 2011

New report offers breakthrough to ending female genital mutilation
FLORENCE, Italy 18 November 2010 – A new report provides evidence on how communities across Africa are ending female genital mutilation/cutting...

UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on female genital mutilation/cutting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2010 - Progress has been made in recent years in reducing the incidence of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C)...

Djibouti: First country to launch the joint UNFPA/UNICEF global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C
DJIBOUTI, 8 May 2008 – Djibouti First Lady Ms Kadra Mahamoud Haïd launched the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme and Trust Fund to accelerate...

UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
NEW YORK, 27 February 2008 – Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital...

Fresh progress toward the elimination of female genital mutilation and cutting in Egypt
CAIRO, 2 July 2007 – The momentum to completely eliminate female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt has accelerated in recent days with the passage of a ministerial decree and an anti-FGM/C statement by the country's top Muslim institution.

UNICEF Executive Director commends Egypt’s progress towards Millennium Development Goals
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today ended a three-day visit to Egypt which included discussions with government officials and...

UNICEF issues call to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting within a generation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010...

African Parliamentarians Convene for Historic Conference on Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 4 December 2005 – Parliamentarians from across Africa have convened in Dakar, Senegal for a landmark conference to learn about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and discuss what they can do to help end the dangerous and violent practice.

Three million girls undergo female genital cutting every year
GENEVA/FLORENCE/CAIRO, 24 November 2005 – An estimated three million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East undergo genital mutilation/cutting every year, according to a UNICEF report released today.

Female genital mutilation must end
NEW YORK, 6 February 2005 – UNICEF today reiterated its call on governments to move swiftly to stop the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.

UNICEF thanks Italian government for 1.8 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 18 June 2004 – UNICEF today thanked the Italian government for a 1.8 million euro donation aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), a procedure that is still performed on some 2 million girls each year.

UNICEF to governments: End female genital multilation
Thursday, 6 February 2003 – Troubled by figures indicating that between 100 million and 130 million women suffered female genital mutilation or cutting as girls, UNICEF said today governments must abide by commitments they made at the UN Special Session on Children and move immediately to end the disturbing phenomenon by 2010. (Press release)

UNICEF urges end to female genital mutilation and cutting
WASHINGTON DC, February 6, 2004--UNICEF today marked the first anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) by calling for increased efforts to end the practice. More than 130 million women around the world have undergone the procedure.




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