Zonta Advocates Ending Female Genital Mutilation(FGM)
FGM, which comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, health and integrity of girls and women. Complications from FGM endanger the physical and mental well-being of women and girls.
Zonta International believes FGM is a severe human rights violation that cannot be tolerated. Along with child marriage, it must be eliminated. (Link to statement)
“FGM and child marriage are both incredibly harmful to girls, women and their communities,” said Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck. “Zonta endorses the Sustainable Development Goals and is committed to help end both of these practices by 2030.”