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Rome hosts an international conference on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (21-25 October)



A five-day international conference on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) opened in Rome on Monday. The meeting, organized by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and the Government of Italy, aims to consolidate global political commitment, galvanize national action, and plan specific strategies to build a broad-based movement to end the practice. The new push is in accordance with a UN General Assembly resolution adopted last year on intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations (See 2012 GA Resolution 67/146). A new report by the UNICEF says despite a global decline in the practice of female genital mutilation, 30 million girls are currently at risk of being cut. According to the comprehensive report issued in July, FGM/C is mainly practiced in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East and more than 125 million women and girls alive today have undergone some form of the practice. Around one in five of those women and girls live in Egypt. Almost all girls are cut before the age of 15.
On a more positive note, UNICEF writes that “More girls, as well as women and men, are saying no to FGM/C than ever before, and more communities than ever are abandoning the centuries-old tradition." The report uses the term female genital mutilation to refer to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."




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