International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (February 6, 2016)
On the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, France calls on the international community to strengthen its efforts to put an end to this barbaric practice.
More than 125 million women are still living with the consequences of mutilation and it is estimated that 3 million girls are subjected to this practice every year.
France is mobilized in the international forums to defend the rights of women and girls. Since 2006, it has been presenting resolutions, together with the Netherlands, on increasing efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Since 2012 and the launch of the G7 initiative in support of maternal and child health worldwide, France has also supported, through UN Women and the UN Population Fund, efforts to prevent this practice and to provide care for women who have suffered gender-based violence.