We must fight against female genital mutilation [fr]
For the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th, France calls the international community to intensify its action in order to end these barbaric practices and violation of the human rights of women and girls.
Over 200 million women and girls in the world have been victims of female genital mutilation. 44 million of them are 14 years old or below and each year about 3 million girls are subject to those practices. Without a collective action, a further 68 million girls could be subjected to this harmful practice by 2030.
This situation is unacceptable and this is why France remains fully mobilized to eliminate all these harmful practices and more broadly to defend the women and girls’ rights in the international organizations such as the General Assembly, the Security Council as well as through the implementation of the SDGs. In 2006, France also initiated with the Netherlands a biennial resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on the intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Since 2012 and the launch of the G8’s initiative in favor of maternal and child health in the countries which are concerned, France also supports, through the French fund Muskoka, prevention and the care of female victims of violence based on gender.
France also acts by financing public awareness campaigns, such as the TV series “C’est-la-Vie”, co-funded by France since 2012 and distributed through 44 national African channels.
For this important day of mobilization through the world, we support the UN Women’s campaign against Female Genital Mutilation with the hashtag #EndFMG in order to end this barbaric practice against women and girls.
The defence of women’s rights, the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence are one of the major priorities of France.