February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Genital Cutting (FGC).
FGM/C is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the removal
This year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to #EndFGM is part of the United Nations Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls globally. The UN has set forth an ambitious agenda to address FGM/C and other gender violence issues.
It has been my life’s work to bring an end to the harmful practice of FGM/C through education and advocacy. And it has been my life’s privilege to care for the women suffering from long-term complications as a result of cutting.
It is because of my experience treating these patients that I so firmly believe in the power of education. I urge each and every member of the Brigham community to learn more about FGM/C in order to advocate for its eradication. Each of us can play a role in ending gender violence locally and around the world.
What can you do to help?
Learn more about FGM/C and the campaign to #EndFGM.
- Watch the UN’s 2019 #EndFGM video.
- Learn about work and research being done at the African Women’s Health Center at the Brigham, the mission of which is to improve the health of refugee and immigrant women who have undergone female genital cutting
Read about the UN’s Spotlight Initiative.
Attend the Brigham’s Fourth Annual V-Day Event on February 7th.
- Gun Violence and Intimate Partner Violence: Complex Intersections
- Feb. 7, 2019 at 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Bornstein Amphitheater
- Want more info? Email Genevieve Silva
Thank you for taking the time to learn and educate others about FGM/C and the UN’s Spotlight Initiative, and for advocating for an end to violence against women and girls everywhere.