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Female Genital Mutilation is violation of human rights of girls and women: UNFPA
Ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the United Nation's Agency UNFPA said that the female genital mutilation was the violation of the human rights of girls and women.

The event is observed on the sixth of February to raise awareness about the practice and work towards its elimination. UNFPA will observe the day on February 8, when a special high level event will be held at the United Nations in New York.

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. According to UNFPA, female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

The theme for this year's observance is "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."

UN holds that FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

"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. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences," informs UNFPA.

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