Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is, by definition, all or any procedure whereas female genitalia is altered; it is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights. The practice is deeply rooted into the socio-cultural and religious standings of many nations around the world.
In tribute of The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6th, artists and members of several communities gathered together to continue the struggle against this cruel tradition. Under the patronage of UNESCO, and organized by the Global Alliance against Female Genital Mutilation, this yearly commemoration is a step forward in raising awareness for the promotion of human rights and the complete eradication of such inhuman practices.
Two of the events within the framework of this commemorative day were moderated by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, the Geneva Centre’s Head of Development and Global Initiatives. “Our objective is the complete eradication of this cruel and barbaric practice by 2030. For this to happen, we must continue to persuade state and non-state actors to combat FGM. Nevertheless, the ultimate sacrifice must come from men across all cultures to fight against this barbaric practice” – stated Mr. Espinosa during his tenure.
Among the significant personalities invited to the events were: Constant Awashish, Grand Chef de la Nation Atikamekw du Quebec; Professor Abdoulaye Sow, Mauritanian anthropologist; Nicole O’Bomsawin, Quebecois anthropologist; Fatoumata Siré Diakité, founder of the Association pour le Progrès et la défense des droits des Femmes; and Pierre Foldès, surgeon and inventor of a technique to repair damage inflicted by female genital mutilation.
The Geneva Centre fully supports such an initiative and urges all communities to continue the fight against FGM and other inhuman practices.