International Day Of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation

We commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) today, to raise awareness of one of the most extreme forms of discrimination against girls and women and an abhorrent violation of their dignity.

Victims of #FGM are left with intense, unhealthy, destructive, and long-lasting psychological effects throughout their lives. In line with this year’s theme, “Accelerating Investment to End FGM”, the World Health Organization (@who) calls for support to provide care services for those at risk and affected by this harmful traumatic practice.

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this Day of Zero Tolerance amid concerns about the impact of COVID-19, I reaffirm the urgent need to accelerate investment in our women and girls to fully end female genital mutilation. This can only be achieved when we invest in returning girls to school – including those who may have dropped out due to early marriage or early pregnancy and through empowerment initiatives to ensure they emerge with quality skills that equip them for a prosperous future.

#InvestDontRest #EndFGM #chiomauzodimma
H.E. Barr. (Mrs.) Chioma Uzodimma.
First Lady, Imo State, and Founder, GoodHope Flourish Foundation


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