Female Genital Mutilation is global, but, thankfully, so is the movement to end it.
Everyone deserves the right to have control over their bodies. However, across the globe, more than 200 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a human rights violation deeply rooted in gender inequality and discrimination. Countries with the highest prevalence rates are in the African continent and in the Middle East, but FGM also occurs in Asia, Australia, Latin America, New Zealand, North America and Western Europe.
Each year, on 6 February, the world recognizes the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Equality Now began to work on the issue with our partners in 1993, pushing the international community to reframe FGM as violence, not culture, and convincing international agencies to increase resources to end FGM.
We have been at the forefront of efforts to end FGM, advocating for laws that protect girls and criminalize the practice, and supporting grassroots activists working to end FGM in their communities. With activists, community leaders, educators, health care providers and law and policy makers increasingly working together, the potential to end FGM is within reach. And, a vibrant and uncompromising youth movement is bringing fresh leadership – they will end FGM within a generation.
Equality Now is committed to a common goal -- to ensure an end to FGM by 2030. JOIN US!
Here are five things you can do today:
1. Declare and share your commitment to #ZeroTolerance for FGM today!
3. Take Action: Help us win justice for 17-year-old Egyptian teen Mayar Mohamed Mousa who died after being subjected to FGM by a dermatologist in May 2016.
4. WATCH: Her Story, Uncut: Deka’s Story – masterfully capturing why we HAVE to end FGM, Odley Jean shares the traumatic experience of 16-year-old American teen Deka who was subjected to “vacation-cutting. ” Deka's story is one of a series of pieces written and directed by Katie Cappiello based on testimonies from our partners. Please note this includes graphic language.
5. WATCH: Men’s role in ending FGM – a frank debate on FGM with our partner, the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative in Narok, Kenya. When men stand up and say that they don't want their wives and daughters to be cut, they are key allies in protecting girls from abuse.