A Concert featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo
28 February 2012, 7 p.m.
General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RAISE YOUR VOICE!
Special invitation for social media fans to attend the concert
Pairs of tickets were made available to selected social media fans who posted their support for ending FGM/C on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #endfgm.
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About the issue
Female Genital Mutilation/Genital Cutting (FGM/C) refers to several types of traditional cutting operations performed on women and girls. FGM/C has both immediate and long-term harmful consequences to the health of women, including severe bleeding, urination problems, infections, infertility and childbirth complications.
It is estimated that from 100 to 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of genital mutilation/cutting, and at least 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year.
Learn more and make a difference
- UNICEF-UNFPA Joint Programme on Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
- Fact sheet, research and publications from the World Health Organization
- Resources from UNICEF
- UN urges States and communities to help eradicate female genital mutilation
Angélique Kidjo, the dynamic West African singer and songwriter, was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 25 July 2002. Ms. Kidjo is a passionate advocate for girls´ education and has made that a focus of her UNICEF partnership. As Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Kidjo travels widely to advocate for UNICEF-supported programmes. She is an energetic campaigner for children and young people, often speaking out on issues that affect them and making time to visit UNICEF programmes while on her concert tours.
Attendance at this concert was by invitation of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations only.