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19/02/2014 On International Day, UN officials urge zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Author: Millennia2015

Source: UN News Centre

 

 

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On International Day, UN officials urge zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

UN News Centre

 

In the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, more than 125 million girls and women have been cut, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The agency projects that a further 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue.

 

“It is unacceptable that these human rights violations continue to threaten the lives and futures of so many women and girls,” UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said in a statement to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

“It is an affront to their human dignity, an assault on their health and an impediment to the well-being of their families, communities and countries. Human development cannot be fully achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from this human rights violation or live in fear of it,” he stated.

 

 

=> Direct link to the article here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47092&Cr=genital&Cr1=

 

 

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