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UN chief insists on eliminating female genital mutilation by 2030

UN chief insists on eliminating female genital mutilation by 2030

United Nations, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres on Monday insisted on the need to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

In his message for the date, Guterres called female genital mutilation as one of the most vicious manifestations of patriarchy that pervades the world and also an abhorrent violation of fundamental human rights.

“We need pressing investment and action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030,” Guterres recalled.

According to UN estimates, 4.2 million girls are at risk of being subjected to genital mutilation during 2023 alone.

“Men and boys – brothers, fathers, health workers, teachers and traditional leaders – can be powerful allies in confronting this scourge,” the text added.

UNSG called on men and boys to join together to put an end to female genital mutilation, “for the benefit of all”.

He also called for a commitment to social change and strong partnerships to end the practice once and for all.


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