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Joint statement by UNICEF and UNFPA in Egypt: Another tragic death to female genital mutilation/cutting.

Cairo, 9 June 2013 – The latest tragic death of Sohair El Batea,13, is another sad illustration of the terrible consequences that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has on the girl child. At multiple occasions it has been clearly demonstrated that there are no medical or religious justifications of such practice. This violation of children and women’s rights should be stopped once and for all.

As per Egyptian law, FGM/C is a crime. UNICEF and UNFPA urge all relevant authorities to exert their outmost efforts to fully enforce the law.

UNICEF and UNFPA in Egypt look forward to the results of the full investigation of the death of Sohair and to the prosecution of those responsible for the loss of this innocent life.

Thousands of Egyptian families are progressively abandoning FGM/C and every parent in Egypt should be fully aware of the harmful consequence of such practice.

UNICEF and UNFPA will continue working with the Government of Egypt towards the abandonment of FGM.



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