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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – A Call to End FGM Worldwide

Aziah Kamari Pless Feb 05, 2024


In a world that strives for gender equality and human rights, there exist deeply rooted practices that continue to harm and oppress women and girls. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a harmful practice, is one such practice that has persisted for centuries, affecting millions of lives across the globe.

FGM encompasses various procedures that involve the partial or complete removal of external female genitalia or other forms of injury to the female genital organs. This horrific practice has been carried out for cultural, religious, or societal reasons, causing physical, emotional, and mental harm to the girls and women subjected to it.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is a day dedicated to raising awareness, promoting education, and advocating for an end to this harmful tradition.

Imagine a world where survivors of FGM are not just heard but actively lead discussions and efforts to eradicate this practice. Imagine a world where women and girls who have escaped the practice can share their stories, their perspectives. It’s possible, and it starts with us. We must ensure that the voices of survivors and the voices of women and girls working on this issue are at the forefront of local, regional, and global dialogues. Their stories and experiences can be powerful tools to raise awareness and inspire collective action.

Empowerment is the key. FGM survivors and advocates have a unique perspective and an unparalleled commitment to ending this practice. By enabling survivors and advocates to take the lead in the fight against FGM, allocating resources to support their efforts, and providing capacity-building opportunities, we are investing in a future free from FGM.

Education and empowerment go hand in hand. By investing in educational programs, life skills training, and entrepreneurship opportunities, we equip women and girls to advocate for a world where future generations are free from FGM.

The statistics speak volumes – millions of girls are still at risk of undergoing FGM. Progress has been made, but we need to accelerate our efforts tenfold to meet the global target of FGM elimination by 2030. It’s a daunting challenge, but we must use the tools and the knowledge available to make as much progress as possible.

We invite you to take a closer look at the impactful work PMC is doing and join us in advocating for the end of FGM.

Maisha Pakacha

Produced as part of the UNFPA/UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.

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Yam Yankré addressed reproductive health and post-natal care. Due to popularity, it aired again in 2021.

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ADDRESSING FGM AND CHILD MARRIAGE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE 


Eradicating FGM is not just a matter of individual rights; it’s a prerequisite for sustainable development. Studies show girls who undergo FGM are more likely to drop out of school, limiting their economic opportunities and perpetuating poverty cycles. The health complications associated with FGM strain healthcare systems, further hindering development. 

Population Media Center (PMC) tackles the deeply ingrained issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) with a unique weapon: storytelling. We weave powerful narratives, like radio dramas and telenovelas, that resonate with local communities across the globe. These stories portray the devastating consequences of FGM, not through lectures, but through the eyes of relatable characters facing similar pressures.  

PMC-KENYA STATEMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Read our insightful exploration in this blog as PMC-Kenya shares its tried and true transformative storytelling approach to support the work of UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF GENDER EQUALITY

Population Media Center began working in Kenya in 2020 to support the work of UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. As part of the project, PMC-Kenya launched two radio shows in Kenya, using its tried and true transformative storytelling approach. Learn more about how PMC-Kenya is addressing FGM.

Population Media Center Kenya World Population Day 2023 Forum

PMC Kenya Country Director – Tom Kazungu speaks on the effects of Population.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – Liberia Radio Broadcast

Marian Deah sheds light on the significance of this day and shares insights on how we can collectively work towards eradicating Female Genital Mutilation.

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FGM cannot be allowed to continue — and it’s up to all of us in the Kenyan community to stop it. Our work on FGM at PMC-Kenya has convinced us that this is a change we can win, even if it is hard-won. And we know that the wisdom and healing that will flow forth when our girls, and our entire country, is free from this violence will be breathtaking.”
– The above statement was issued in February 2023 by Tom Kazungu, Country Director, PMC-Kenya.

Female genital mutilation is not just a health issue; it’s a human rights violation that hinders access to opportunities and resources, preventing girls and women from realizing their full potential. By prioritizing the rights and dignity of women and girls, we contribute to equitable social and economic development.

Let’s unite, take action, and be the change we want to see in the world. By amplifying survivor voices, investing in survivor-led movements, prioritizing services, and empowering survivors, we can create a future where FGM is nothing but a painful memory of the past. Together, we can ensure that no girl or woman is left behind in the quest for a world without FGM.