Over a thousand years, females across different parts of the world have been endangered health-wise and emotionally from the pains and torture of Female Genital Mutilation; The United Nations General Assembly in the year 2012 chose the 6th of February annually as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation in order to put an end to this evil.
Female Genital Mutilation also known as Female Circumcision mostly practised in Africa, Asia and the Middle East is the cutting or total removal of the external female genitalia. This practice is done on young females in some parts of the world as a common practice and the effects can be immediate with pains, health complications and long-lasting as regards their emotions or even future sex life.
The United Nations Funds for Population Activities (UNFPA) with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has worked over the years to put an end to female genital mutilation and their efforts have helped to reduce the practice in most communities and countries. The theme for this year is “Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation”, this expresses the wish of the United Nations’ focus on mobilizing youths to stop this harmful practice.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) join our voice with the United Nations on this International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation for there to be a total end to female genital mutilation in every community and country where the evil is still being practised. We hold on to our belief that our societies should be places safe for all not regarding their gender or tribe.