Friday, February 6th, 2015
Friday 6th February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Observance of this day is an opportunity for individuals and organisations around the world to raise awareness about the practice which is widely recognised as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women.
The practice of FGM/C is common is one of the most extreme forms of gender-based violence and is common across many different cultures. It is estimated by WHO that 3 million girls a year in Africa alone are at risk of FGM/C and that 100-140 million women and girls have undergone the practice. The resulting sexual, reproductive and psychological health impacts can be felt across the full lifecycle of a woman and often result in women being locked into a cycle of stigma and disempowerment.
In 2015, the theme for the Day of Zero Tolerance is “Mobilization and Involvement of Health Personnel to Accelerate Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting”. In many countries health personnel are the driving force of the movement to end FGM/C however in certain contexts it is the health personnel themselves who are carrying out the practice. This medicalisation of FGM/C poses a significant barrier to efforts to eradicate it and more needs to be done to combat it.
MannionDaniels is committed to the eradication of FGM/C and is contributing to the global movement against FGM/C in a number of important ways:
- The fund AmplifyChange is providing support to civil society organisations involved in FGM/C eradication activities in some of the highest prevalence countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- We are a partner on the Girl Generation, a social change communications initiative working to strengthen the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation.
- Across all of our work MannionDaniels advocates for FGM/C prevention and treatment to be integrated into comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. For example, our ongoing work for UNFPA and UNHCR to produce a reproductive health toolkit for urban refugee contexts will ensure a focus on FGM/C issues as part of the comprehensive package of services which should be available to urban refugees.