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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2024

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 06-02-2024
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International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation is observed every year on 6 February. The main objective of celebrating Female Genital Mutilation Day (FGM) is to give respect to women by completely eliminating female genital mutilation.

Theme of Female Genital Mutilation Day 2024:

  • The theme of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation to be observed on 6 February 2024 is ‘Her Voice Her Future’.

About Female Genital Mutilation:

  • Generally, female genital mutilation is also called female circumcision. In this, the female genitalia are partially or completely cut.
  • This practice seriously violates women's sexual health and human rights. This practice has a very bad effect on their health and mental condition.
  • This practice deprives women of sexual pleasure and also isolates them socially.

Where is FGM practised?

  • This evil practice is prevalent in many countries, especially in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • According to statistics, more than 5,00,000 girls and women in America have had to undergo FGM.
  • At least 200 million girls and women in 31 countries across three continents suffer from genital mutilation. More than half of these victims live in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
  • According to UNFPA, more than 4 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM annually. Most girls are at risk of FGM before the age of 15.
  • Apart from this, the genitals of 60,000 women in Europe were also mutilated. More than 67,000 women are at risk.
  • 50,000 or more women in Australia are facing FGM. More than 70,000 women in Germany and 137,000 women in Britain became victims of this practice.

Importance of FGM Day:

  • Many evil practices against women have been going on in society for centuries.
  • FGM harms women's health and sometimes even leads to death due to the pain.
  • The purpose of organizing this day every year is to make people aware against FGM. It is everyone's responsibility to fight for women's rights and their health security. There is a need to raise voice against this evil practice and make women aware of their rights.

History of FGM Day:

  • Celebrating this day was started by former Nigerian President Stella Obasanjo.
  • Stella, the former President of Nigeria, was also the spokesperson for the zero tolerance campaign against female genital mutilation.
  • Stella herself had announced to celebrate this day for the first time on 6th February in the year 2003.
  • The United Nations has also accepted this day.

The goal of completely eliminating female genital mutilation:

  • With the beginning of this day, it has been determined that the practice of female genital mutilation will be eliminated by the year 2030.

UNICEF's campaign in support of FGM:

  • The United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Children's Fund launched a joint campaign against female genital mutilation in 2007.
  • In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring February 6 as the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation with zero tolerance against female genital mutilation.


Answer:- 6th February

Answer:- ‘Her voice Her future’

Answer:- 2003

Answer:- Celebrating FGM Day was started by former Nigerian President Stella Obasanjo.
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