Protecting women from violence and harm: AWEPA’s FGM/C programme

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Protecting women from violence and harm: AWEPA’s FGM/C programme

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#IDEVAW – Today, AWEPA celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Held on 25 November each year, this worldwide celebration is a chance for international organisations, NGOs and activists to raise their voices against all forms of violence against women and girls.

As part of our efforts to ensure that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free from violence and physical harm, AWEPA is active in the fight against female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

This practice – which involves any partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons – is a form of violence, and constitutes a fundamental violation of the rights of women and children.

Yet, across the world, millions of women and girls are living with its consequences.

In fact, it is estimated that 200 million girls and women have undergone FGM/C and more than 3 million girls are at risk of being subjected to the practice every year in Africa alone.

Through its FGM/C programme, AWEPA works to increase capacity among parliamentarians to legislate around the protection of girls from FGM/C, as well as establishing links with local communities to help put an end to harmful practices and protect both women and girls from this form of violence.

Find out more about AWEPA’s work towards the abandonment of FGM/C.

“FGM/C is perpetrated without a primary intention of violence but is de facto violent in nature” Secretary General’s Report on the Girl Child to the UN General Assembly, 2009