Observance of International Zero Tolerance Day of FGM

Tomorrow, February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM).  The UN first officially commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation on February 6, 2003. It continues to fight against FGM through a range of activities in addition to the observance.  In an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation and to promote an end to it, in December of 2012, the United Nations General Assembly actually adopted a special resolution to observe the day.  This is the day that the world tells the perpetrators of FGM that there is no tolerance for the practice of it.  Since then, the United Nations has requested that the day be used to enhance awareness-raising campaigns, and to take concrete action against the practice of female genital mutilation.  The United Nations regards FGM as child abuse and a form of human rights violation.

In 2015, FGM was included in the Sustainable Development Goals under Target 5.3, which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices.  Examples of harmful practices beside FGM are Son-Preference, (fathers aborting or killing female babies) Forced and Early Marriages, Bride Kidnapping, Honor Crimes, Stoning or Flogging of Women, Forced Pregnancy, Breast Ironing,

Witch Burning and Beheading of women and girls.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that more than 200 million women have been subjected to FGM, and more than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk each year in the world.

Female genital mutilation is the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons.  External genitals include the clitoris, labia, pubis (the fatty tissue over the pubic bone), and the urethral and vaginal openings.  Most girls undergo FGM when they are between 7 and 13 years old.  However, FGM seems to be occurring at much earlier ages in several countries because parents want to reduce the trauma to their children.  They also do not want the girls to later recall the details, and disclose them.  Although some practicing communities claim that FGM is a religious practice, it has nothing to do with religion.  To date many countries in the world and states in the United States have passed laws criminalizing the practice of FGM.  However raising awareness, sharing information and educating communities are crucial in the work against FGM.        

Tomorrow, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) will join other anti-FGM organizations, advocates and activists around the world in sending the message that the world will not tolerate the practice of FGM.  As a member organization of the US End FGM/C Network, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation will join like-minded organizations in observing International Day of Zero Tolerance in one of the events of the day.  GWPF will begin the day at 10:00 in the morning, Eastern Standard Time at a mini retreat on activist well-being and psycho-social impact of FGM in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Wallace Global Fund.  The retreat is facilitated by Psycho-Analyst and FGM Survivor, Leyla Hussein.  Then at 1:00pm EST, there will be a live FaceBook celebration of the commitment to zero tolerance for FGM.  Activists and advocates will continue to demonstrate Zero Tolerance for this health hazardous practice on little girls. 

GWPF dedicates the day to all of the little girls past and present who were violated, and to all the women who have lived and continue to live with the consequences of FGM.  The day is also dedicated to the prevention of at-risk girls of FGM.  If you are not able to attend an event, and you wonder how you can participate, remember to wear an item of purple tomorrow, and make your voice heard that you will not tolerate FGM.  Fly a purple flag on your vehicle; wear a purple bow or tie, a purple flower or headband in your hair or wear a purple jacket or t-shirt.  Write a tribute on your social media page to the women and girls we have lost to FGM for the past five plus centuries.  Have a moment of silence for those whose lives were taken by the blade of their excisers. Let the world know that you care, and you want this atrocious and senseless practice to stop. 

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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2019 Calendar


  • International Day of Zero Tolerance – Wednesday, February 6th   
  • SNMA Students FGM Advocacy Workshop – Sunday, February 10th  
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, February 16th
  • Arlington Police receives FGM Training Presentation – Tuesday, March 5th
  • United Nations CSW63 – March 11th – 22nd
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, March 16th
  • GWPF 1st Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, March 30th
  • Women’s History Jazz Program – Saturday, April 6th
  • FGM Presentation to Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) – Sunday, April 14th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, April 20th
  • First Shipment of Feminine Pads to Sierra Leone – May
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, May 18th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, June 15th
  • GWPF 2nd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, June 29th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 20th
  • Support Group / Vacances Sans Excision Camp – Saturday, August 17th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 14th
  • GWPF 3rd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, September 28th
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 18th
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 19th
  • Thanksgiving Feast / Support Group – Saturday, November 16th
  • GWPF Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 7th

We will update this 2019 calendar as schedules come in

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Attention: The U.S. government opposes FGM, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse. It is against the law to perform FGM in the United States on a girl under the age of 18 or to send or attempt to send her outside the United States so FGM can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.