From left: Dr. Elin Johansen (WHO), Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Madam Mariam Lamizana (President, IAC)
9th Anniversary of the International Day on Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Last updated: 09/02/2012 //
Ambassador Kongstad was among several contributors when the International Day on Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was commemorated in Geneva 6 February. The event was hosted by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC). Also Burkina Faso and representatives from World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), UNFPA, WHO and the State of Geneva contributed with statements. The event highlighted the international efforts in combating FGM.
In his statement Ambassador Kongstad referred to the interconnection between combating FGM and efforts to promote gender equality and women's rights. He also underlined that fighting FGM is key in pursuing the Millennium Development Goals for health, in particular with regard to maternal- and child mortality. Also, the efforts of Norway's main partners in this field was emphasized, notably the UNFPA-UNICEF FGM Trust Fund. Attention was drawn to the positive results of the fund after its inception in 2007 and the critical knowledge that now exist on how to effectively combat FGM. "Today, we know what to do. We know what works. The major challenge is to scale up ongoing efforts and follow through on existing commitments. There is a momentum for change that must be grasped now", urged Ambassador Kongstad.
The full statement of Ambassador Kongstad is enclosed.
Norway's Statement on Female Genital Mutilation