International Day of Zero Tolerance #EndFGM

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 of all or part of a female’s genitalia for non-medical reasons

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.

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.