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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

(6 February 2016)

Event to take place Monday 8 February 2016, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Together, mobilizing to contribute to the achievement of the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030




February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In 2016, we are celebrating that for the first time FGM is included in the Global Goals under Sustainable Development Goal 5 for Gender Equality, Target 5.3 “Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.” This marks an important moment as the world recognizes that FGM is truly a universal issue. More than 140 million girls and women throughout the world have undergone FGM. There is growing evidence that FGM is practiced in select countries in Latin America and Asia, in immigrant communities of Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand and in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Eliminating FGM is an essential step to realizing many of the other Sustainable Development Goals including targets on health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth. While the practice of FGM continues, girls and women are denied quality education, opportunities for decent work, and their health and well-being are threatened. For the millions of girls currently at risk of FGM, this new global goal brings the promise of a better future.

Building on the sustained efforts of partners around the world to ensure FGM is on the global agenda, we are coming together to carry this momentum forward in 2016 and beyond. Marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance in New York will serve as the first step in future efforts to mobilize stakeholders and ensure strong commitments to achieve Target 5.3, the elimination of FGM, and the entire SDG agenda.



· Celebrate the inclusion of Target 5.3 on FGM in Sustainable Development Goals agenda

· Illustrate connections between eliminating FGM and other SDGs including education, health, employment and economic growth and inequality

· Share new data/information on the universality of FGM, stories of progress and highlight areas of persistent challenge

· Mobilize stakeholders towards the achievement of target 5.3, the elimination of FGM.



VENUE: Trusteeship Council



The panel will reflect the universality of FGM and will include stakeholders active in the elimination of FGM around the world. Speakers will reflect on their personal experiences resisting and/or surviving the practice of FGM and share lessons learned in developing policies and programs to end FGM in their communities and countries. Finally panelists will reflect on the interdependence of the SDGs and will discuss strategies and a roadmap for achieving Target 5.3.



· UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

· UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin in representation of both UNFPA and UNICEF

· Dr. Yohana S. Yambise – Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia

· Patricia Tobon – Representative from the Embera community in Colombia

· Keziah Bianca Oseko – Survivor activist in Kenya

· Inna Modja – Survivor and singer, France

· Cornelius Williams – Child Protection Section, UNICEF

· Master of Ceremonies: Femi Oke, Al Jeezera News


 You can download the program and speakers’ bios here




· Permanent Missions to the UN

· Youth activists

· Civil Society organizations

· UN agencies

· Media