Feb 6, 2020, 2:31 PM
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UN Chief says more than 4m girls at risk of FGM in 2020

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 6 February 2020, warned that this year, more than 4 million girls are at risk of FGM, UN Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran said in a press release on Thursday.

The full text of his message reads as follow:

Over 200 million girls and women alive today have suffered from female genital mutilation, a horrific and harmful practice that can lead to physical, mental and sexual health complications. This year, more than 4 million girls are at risk.

Female genital mutilation is a blatant manifestation of gender inequality that is deeply entrenched in social, economic and political structures. It is also a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence against girls. Fortunately, between 2000 and 2018, the prevalence of this practice has decreased by 25 percent.

However, even one mutilation is one too many. This year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation highlights the power of young people to make their voices heard. We must amplify those voices and help them to advocate for change and for their rights.

Together, we can eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030. Doing so will have a positive ripple effect on the health, education and economic advancement of girls and women.

As the United Nations embarks on a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, let’s make this the decade of zero female genital mutilation.

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