6 February 2024
Female genital mutilation is an egregious violation of fundamental human rights that causes lifelong harm to the physical and mental health of women and girls.
In 2024, some 4.4 million girls are at risk of suffering from this horrific act of gender-based violence. Even one mutilation is one too many.
We need decisive action to tackle the social, economic and political norms that perpetuate discrimination against women and girls, limit their participation and leadership, and restrict their access to education and employment.
That starts with challenging the patriarchal power structures and attitudes at the root of this abhorrent practice.
We need urgent investments to reach the target set in the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating female genital mutilation by 2030.
And we need to amplify the voices of survivors and support their efforts to reclaim their lives, based on their bodily autonomy.
On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and every day, let’s redouble our efforts and investments to uphold the rights of women and girls, and put a decisive end to female genital mutilation once and for all.
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Innovative solutions and inclusive education for people with disabilities are the main topics of the Zero Project Conference 2024 which is taking place at the United Nations in Vienna for the 11th year. Since 2013, the United Nations in Vienna through the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Essl Foundation, have been working together to realize the United Nations’ commitment to building a better world for people with disabilities.
During the 139th session, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) continued its work to ensure the functioning of the international drug control system, focusing on the availability of controlled medicines and the prevention of drug diversion and misuse, as well as INCB’s contributions to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ (CND) mid-term review to take place in March 2024.
"Gender equality in science is vital for building a better future for all. Unfortunately, women and girls continue to face systemic barriers and biases that prevent them from pursuing careers in science." — António Guterres
"Female genital mutilation is an egregious violation of fundamental human rights that causes lifelong harm to the physical and mental health of women and girls." — António Guterres