Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a sex-based rights violantion as well as an harmful practice threatening the health and the integrity of girls and women. Local responses can meaningfully contribute to eradicate this practice.
FGM entails “all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” (For more data and details visit UN.org and EIGE.europa.eu)
Today, on the occasion of the international day on "Zero Tolerance for FGM", the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has stressed the importance of "coordinated and systematic efforts" to eradicate such harmful practice and prevent million of girls and women from this dreadful violence.
It is true: international, sovranational and national measures are imperative in our fight against FGM, nevertheless the role of Local Authorities and Regional Governaments must not be neglected.
As a matter of fact many initiatives can be taken from the bottom producing results that concretely improve lives of a large number of girls and women.
Find out some of them here below!