United Nations pledges to end female genital mutilation

The United Nations says barbaric the practice of female genital mutilation is a violation of the rights of women everywhere and must must stop
By Jason Spencer | Feb 06, 2016
Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced for ages and considered a serious problem for decades. NPR gives the official UNICEF report that says over 200 million women and girls from all over the world have suffered from FGM.

The United Nations is finally saying enough is enough.

According to Voice of America, the UN is calling for an end to FGM. This sudden movement to put a stop to genital mulilation in females comes shortly after the world recognized the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

"Never before has it been more urgent, or more possible, to end the practice of female genital mutilation," said Ban Ki-Moon, the UN's Secretary-General. "I am encouraged by the rising chorus of young voices demanding an end to the practice," he said. "We can end FGM within a generation."

FGM has become a human right's issue despite being practiced as far back as 25 BC. Found in 30 countries across the globe, the three countries where it happens most often are Egypt, Ethiopia, and Indonesia.

There is no known medical reason behind it either. And contrary to what many would think, religion is not the driving force behind this practice. Instead cultural and social factors play into this harmful ritual, and many who believe in it say that they are preparing women for adulthood and marriage by reducing their urge to have sex.

"In every case FGM violates the rights of girls and women,"said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta to CNN. "We must all accelerate efforts -- governments, health professionals, community leaders, parents and families -- to eliminate the practice."

UNICEF hopes that with enough support from governments and leaders FGM will be near extinction come 2030.



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