International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed on February 6th each year. This day was designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and to promote its eradication worldwide.
Female Genital Mutilation refers to the cutting or removal of all or part of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is a violation of human rights and is widely recognized as a harmful practice that can have severe physical, emotional, and psychological consequences for women and girls.
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation serves as an opportunity to advocate for the abandonment of this practice, to educate communities about its negative effects, and to promote policies and actions that contribute to its elimination. Various organizations, activists, and individuals around the world use this day to organize events, campaigns, and discussions to raise awareness and foster a collective commitment to ending FGM.
Efforts to combat FGM involve a combination of legal measures, community engagement, education, and support for affected individuals. Governments, NGOs, and communities work together to create an environment where girls and women can grow and thrive without facing the physical and emotional harm associated with female genital mutilation.