Over 200 million girls, women suffered from female genital mutilation: Guterres
Published 11:17 pm | February 06, 2020
International Desk ; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said over 200 million girls and women alive today have suffered from female genital mutilation, a horrific and harmful practice that can lead to physical, mental and sexual health complications.
“As the United Nations embarks on a Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, let’s make this the decade of zero female genital mutilation,” he said on Thursday adding that this year, more than 4 million girls are at risk.
In a message on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the UN chief said female genital mutilation is a blatant manifestation of gender inequality that is deeply entrenched in social, economic and political structures.
It is also a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence against girls. Fortunately, between 2000 and 2018, the prevalence of this practice has decreased by 25 per cent, he said.
“However, even one mutilation is one too many,” said the UN chief as this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation highlights the power of young people to make their voices heard.
“We must amplify those voices and help them to advocate for change and for their rights,” he said.
Together, Guterres said, they can eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030.
“Doing so will have a positive ripple effect on the health, education and economic advancement of girls and women,” said the UN chief.
দৈনিক সময় সংবাদ ২৪ ডট কম সংবাদের কোনো সংবাদ, তথ্য, ছবি,আলোকচত্রি, ভিডিওচিত্র, অডিও কনটেন্ট কপিরাইট আইনে র্পূব অনুমতি ছাড়া ব্যবহার করা সর্ম্পূণ বেআইনি। সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে যে কোন কমেন্সের জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষ দায়ী নয়।