INDIA GREENS PARTY
FGM Zero Tolerance Day: IGP asks communities, governments to end female genital mutilation
Unchir-Dunktok, Pauri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 6 February 2021: On the occasion of the International Day of Zero ToleranceforFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) today, the India Greens Party (IGP) called upon the communities and the governments to stop the female genital mutilation (FGM) comprising all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim to amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice.
The IGP in a press statement issued here said the communities as well as the governments need to eliminate female genital mutilation practices. “For this, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed. Also, the need is to focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences,” pointed out the IGP President Suresh Nautiyal, adding that the FGM was recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women.
Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulty in passing urine, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health.
Although concentrated in certain countries, female genital mutilation is a universal problem. The UNFPA estimates additional 2 million girls projected to be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation by 2030.
Mr Nautiyal said the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively and disproportionately affected girls and women, resulting in a shadow pandemic disrupting SDG target 5.3 on the elimination of all harmful practices including, female genital mutilation.
“No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation.”
– IGP President’s statement issued by Office Secretary Subhash Dabral.
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