International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation

Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation
February 6, 2020

6 February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation and the United Nations theme in 2020 is ‘Unleashing Youth Power’.

The Women’s Health Strategy and Programs at the Women and Newborn Health Service has an established program that is responsible for training and education for all health staff on the topic of female genital cutting/mutilation. This is a state-wide service which delivers training on request to health providers, universities and support agencies.

Female genital cutting/mutilation comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, of girls and women.

Although primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East, female genital cutting/mutilation is a universal problem and is also practiced in some countries in Asia and Latin America. Female genital cutting/mutilation continues to persist amongst immigrant populations living in Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Ending female genital cutting/mutilation by 2030 is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, incorporating goal number five, ‘Gender Equality’.