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.

Nawal Nour, MD, MPH

Dr. Nawal Nour is the chief diversity officer for faculty, trainees and students at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also the Director of the African Women’s Health Center and the Director of both the Ambulatory Obstetrics and the Global Obstetrics Practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Nour is a board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Named one of Forbes 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Dr. Nour established the world-renowned African Women’s Health Center which provides appropriate holistic health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. As the founder and current director, Dr. Nour was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have had or undergone female genital cutting. This work has been covered by the media including the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, O and Essence magazine.

Dr. Nour was born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England. She came to the United States to attend Brown University. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed an Ob-Gyn residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a MPH at Harvard School of Public Health. She has received numerous awards for her community work and outreach including honorary doctorate degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College.