High Level Side Event on Female Genital Mutilation

… highlights the need for a Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly – Published on No Peace Without Justice, September 25, 2012.

No Peace Without Justice, together with its partners in the International NGO Coalition to Ban FGM Worldwide, congratulates the Missions of Burkina Faso and Benin to the United Nations for the success of the High Level Side Event “Intensifying Global Efforts for Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation” organized yesterday, on the eve of the opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The event, attended by over 150 participants, among whom First Ladies, Ministers, Ambassadors and the representatives of UN Agencies and civil society, underscored the importance given to combating FGM by an ever-widening group of States … //

… Ban FGM Campaign:

Over the past years, the members of the Ban FGM Coalition have collaborated on several initiatives to raise awareness internationally about the need for a UNGA Resolution banning this human rights violation, gathering the support of human rights activists, women’s organizations, parliamentarians and government representatives from throughout Africa and Europe.
Tangible momentum towards a Resolution has been gathering speed over this past year. A key step in the process was the July 2011 Decision by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in support of a Resolution by the General Assembly. The African Group at the UN took action to implement the will of the Heads of State by introducing a Decision at the Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2012, recommending that the issue of FGM, until now discussed only within the context of the CSW, be formally considered by the General Assembly under the agenda item “Advancement of Women”. In July 2012, the ECOSOC supported the CSW recommendation and requested that the issue of female genital mutilation be added to the agenda of the 67th General Assembly … //
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Links:

Female genitalia: mutilation and modification, on SMH.com, by Deborah Bateson, September 26, 2012;

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C): Survey of RANZCOG Fellows, Diplomates, on Congoo.com, by Australian NZ Obstetrics and Gynaecology, September 24, 2012;

UNFPA to include Female Genital Mutilation health concerns in school syllabi, on ahram online, by Yasmine Wali, Sept. 23, 2012;

Female Circumcision Can Genital Mutilation Be Surgically Undone? on Time World, by William Lloyd George, Paris, September 20, 2012;

Migrants from Europe bringing girls to tolerant Britain for genital mutilation, on Savoir ou se faire avoir (first on The Independent).

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