On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, join us in calling to accelerate investment to end female genital mutilation and uphold the human rights of all women and girls.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
This exhibit raises awareness and encourages action to address female genital mutilation, emphasizing the effect that COVID-19 has had on exacerbating this harmful practice. It features stories of girls and women that highlight the successes that have been achieved over the past decades in the urgent global fight to abandon FGM. The exhibit is organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
From an FGM survivor to a practitioner to now an advocate working to eliminate the practice in her community, Priscilla Nanagiro is among 60 community activists working with a UN Women programme to drive out the practice of FGM in rural communities in Uganda. The programme uses a methodology called “SASA!” – a comprehensive model that has had much success in changing harmful social norms through community engagement around the world, and particularly in Africa.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.