Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.
The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.
Italy is a sponsor of a concert at the UN by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo dedicated to the global efforts to end FGM.
The UN estimates as many as 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of genital mutilation or cutting, and at least 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year.
Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Ambassador Ragaglini.