United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressing a presser at the UN headquarters in New York   
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressing a presser at the UN headquarters in New York   

Guteress calls for collaborative global action on female genital mutilation

ANI | Updated: Feb 07, 2019 01:10 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 7 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday called for a collaborative global action against the female genital mutilation, an abhorrent human rights violation affecting women and girls around the world.
Speaking on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed each year on February 6, Guterres said, “On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls.”
Guterres added that the illegal practice denies women their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, including death.
Female genital mutilation is rooted in gender inequalities and power imbalances, and it sustains them by limiting opportunities for girls and women to realise their rights and full potential. An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subject to this harmful practice. And every year, almost four million girls are at risk, Guteress stated.
The UN Secretary-General went on to add that the Sustainable Development Goals call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030. The United Nations joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective. 
“Tackling female genital mutilation is also a central part of our efforts in the Spotlight Initiative, launched in partnership with the European Union to end all forms of violence against women and girls,” Guteress said.
“With strong political commitment, we are seeing positive change in several countries. However, if current trends persist, these advances will continue to be outpaced by rapid population growth where the practice is concentrated,” he added. (ANI)

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