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Compendium Of International And National Legal Frameworks On Female Genital Mutilation

In 2012, the United Nations General
Assembly adopted a resolution urging the international
community to intensify global efforts to eliminate female
genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). It also called upon
States, the United Nations system, civil society and all
stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the
International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C and to use the
day to enhance awareness raising campaigns and to take
concrete actions against female genital mutilations. FGM/C
is a type of violence against women and girls which impairs
their development potential and impacts the societies in
which they live and work, their children, their families and
ultimately their countries. FGM/C causes a large number of
physical and psychological problems and complications and
can even lead to death. It imposes unnecessary suffering and
prolonged pain. The international community recognized that
FGM/C is an important development challenge that affects
millions of women and girls in the world. Sustainable
Development Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all
women and girls) includes a target on eliminating all
harmful practices against women, such as female genital
mutilation by 2030. To mark the International Day of Zero
Tolerance to FGM/C, the authors are pleased to share this
Compendium of International and National Legal Frameworks on
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. It describes the
international and regional instruments that address FGM/C as
well as the national legislations adopted to outlaw FGM/C.
This is a practical online tool to empower those fighting FGM/C.

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