On the occasion of the Annual International Day on Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the event “Synergy of Action by Governments, International Community and Civil Society to Accelerate the Achievement of Zero Tolerance to FGM” was held at the Palais des Nations on 6 February. The event was organized by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC), WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, and moderated by Dr Adebisi Adebayo from IAC. A panel with representatives from the African Union, Ethiopia, Italy, Norway, UNFPA and the World Young Women’s Christian Association made introductions to a following dialogue among the participants.
Norwegian Ambassador Steffen Kongstad stated at the event that “FGM is a clear violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted gender inequality, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is normally carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity; sexual and reproductive health and rights; it violates the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; and it violates the right to life when the practice results in death. To Norway the elimination of FGM has for several years been a political priority.
The full statement is found here.