UN chief says 68 million girls may face genital cuts by 2030

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By: AP | United Nations |
Published: February 7, 2018 10:57 am


A badge reads “The power of labor aginst FGM” is seen on a volunteer during a conference on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that without accelerated action 68 million girls could be subjected to female genital mutilation by 2030.

He said in a statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation that the practice is “a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls.”

His statement Tuesday says over 200 million women and girls in 30 countries across three continents have experienced genital mutilation.

The UN Population Fund projects that the estimated 3.9 million girls subjected to genital cutting every year…

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