International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2023: On February 6, it is celebrated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The primary objective behind observing this day is to amplify and direct efforts on the elimination of this cruel practice and to promote the elimination of female genital mutilation, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.
February 2023 Current Affairs Quiz
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2023: Theme
The 2023 topic, “Partnership with Men and Boys to Transform Social and Gender Norms to End FGM,” was introduced this year as part of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation: Delivering the Global Promise.
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2023: Significance
This day is of great significance as it facilitates collective efforts aimed at eliminating Female Genital Mutilation. Girls who have female genital mutilation suffer long-term effects on their sexual and reproductive health in addition to physical concerns like excruciating pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulties urinating.
Female Genital Mutilation is primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Although the prevalence of FGM has declined globally, humanitarian crises such as disease outbreaks, armed conflict and more could cause a rollback of progress toward achieving gender equality and the elimination of genital mutilation.
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2023: History
In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim to amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice.