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UN report reveals increasing incidents of female genital mutilation in Guinea, including on infants

Despite being forbidden by national and international law, according to a new United Nations report, female genital mutilation shows no sign of abating in Guinea – with more infants and very young girls undergoing the excisions than before.

Special UN event mobilizes action towards ending female genital mutilation within 15 years

Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), dozens of women, girls, experts, and United Nations officials gathered today at a special event at UN Headquarters to discuss ways of eliminating the harmful practice by 2030 and to celebrate the increased mobilization against it.

On International Day, UN officials urge zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

United Nations officials today called for a complete end to genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) to ensure the dignity, health and well-being of every girl, noting that despite a century of efforts, millions of girls worldwide are still threatened by the horrible practice.

UN agencies unveil initiative to reduce female genital mutilation

Two United Nations agencies have launched a $44 million programme to reduce female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 40 per cent by 2015 and to end the harmful traditional practice within a generation.

UN-backed meeting aims to foster ways to eradicate female genital mutilation

Dozens of experts from around the world – including representatives from United Nations agencies, religious and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), law enforcement agencies, Government and research institutions – are meeting in Addis Ababa on ways to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).

New UN study for first time shows dangers of Female Genital Mutilation for childbirth

Women who have had Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are significantly more likely to experience difficulties during childbirth and their babies are more likely to die as a result of the traditional yet gruesome practice, according to a new United Nations study released today, which reiterated calls for total abolition of a practice that currently affects 100 million people worldwide.

3 million girls still undergo genital cutting, but change is possible: UN report

Although an estimated 3 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East still suffer genital cutting every year, the age-old ritual could be eliminated within a single generation through open public discussion and legal action, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF reiterates call to governments to end female genital mutilation

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has again called on governments to move swiftly to stop female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), a harmful practice that has currently affected more than 130 million women and girls in countries ranging from Senegal and Mali to Yemen and Oman.

UNICEF thanks Italy for €1.8 million donation to end female genital mutilation

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received a €1.8 million (euro) donation from the Italian Government aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), a procedure that is still performed on some 2 million girls each year.