According to the World Health Organization, WHO, about 140 million women subjected to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). Every year about 3 million girls are at risk. February 6th is a day to raise awareness and educate the citizen via UN’s campaign about the health issues of FGM internationally since 2003. This campaign is also to encourage the people to end such practice that related to FGM to protect women’s rights.
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The UN held a lot of activities and also events to create awareness about FGM on this day such as public conference and forums. The activities are also including making a policy and law that related about FGM. Even this day is not a public holiday globally, but it is a public observance in an international level. The facts about FGM concern are:
It’s been estimated that about 200 million girls from several of countries are affected with FGM.
About 15 million teenagers of age 15 to 19 estimated to be affected by 2030.
It’s recorded that young girls under 14 in Gambia, Mauritania, Indonesia and several other countries are showing prevalence of FGM. The highest prevalence so far is recorded in Somalia (98%), Guinea (97%) and Djibouti (93%).
The health issues that caused by FGM are including infections, cysts and increased the risk of newborn deaths.
Some countries are looking at FGM as a violation to human rights and banned the procedure.