Saturday, February 4, 2012
February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FHM). FGM has been recognized internationally as a harmful practice and a violation of the human rights of women and girls. FGM is defined as the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for no medical reason. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the practice of FGM has no known health benefits. To the contrary, it is associated with both short-term and long-term risks to the physical, mental and sexual well-being of women and girls. WHO estimates that 140 million women and girls are currently affected by FGM and that another 3 million girls are at risk. It advocates an end to this harmful practice.