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Accelerate abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation: UN's Sustainable Development Goals Agenda
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is being observed today, February 6, worldwide by the UN agencies, feminists, social activities, women groups and other civil society organisations with a demand to end the gender discriminating barbarous practice of FGM.

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, has been stressing the need 'to accelerate the abandonment of FGM'.

The UN agencies also run programmes focusing on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives to end the practice of FGM.

According to the UN, to promote the abandonment of FGM, 'coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality' as well as 'address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences'.

"The Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 calls for an end to FGM by 2030 under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation," informs the UN.

the UN, along with the inter-governmental organisations such as the African Union, the European Union and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, has called for the elimination of FGM once again.

Despite the calls to end the cruel gender discriminating and human rights violation practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) year after year, the disturbing and horrific tales of babies being the victims of practice keep on getting revealed by the campaigners.

It seems that religious bigots are taking to trend of targeting younger girls being for female circumcision and practice is becoming more hidden and is being done on the sly.

However, women groups across the world including the Muslim women keep on appealing to religious leaders for an end to female genital mutilation. In India, Bohra women have urged the religious leaders to end the practice.

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