Appeal calling for a Worldwide Ban on Female Genital Mutilation by the UN

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No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (I-AC), Euronet-FGM and La Palabre launched in 2010 a Campaign to promote and to ensure the adoption, at the 65th United Nations General Assembly, of a Resolution explicitly banning female genital mutilation and by doing so to strengthen this decisive battle for human rights worldwide.
We believe, together with the most committed parliamentarians and women’s rights activists from Africa, Europe and other affected countries involved in this campaign, that the 65th United Nations General Assembly comes at a crucial moment for the growing movement – in Africa and around the world – towards a global ban on FGM.
A worldwide ban on FGM adopted by the United Nations General Assembly would significantly help to complete the shift of perspectives on FGM from a "public health" or "cultural" problem, to the universal recognition of its true nature as a human rights violation and a form of violence against millions of women around the world. In addition, this instrument would give new impetus to efforts to improve national laws banning FGM where they exist, or to adopt one, where they do not, as well as provide strong and clear support for all activists that are struggling to put an end to this human rights violation at the national and regional level.
It is time to give the issue the visibility it deserves, as well as to provide worldwide support and inspiration to those who dedicate, and sometimes even risk, their lives to ensure that future generations are not subjected to FGM.
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Appeal for a worldwide ban on Female Genital Mutilation
by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010
We, the undersigned, human rights activists and citizens worldwide, joining together after years of struggle for female genital mutilation to be recognized and condemned as a violation of the human right to physical integrity, and conscious that a United Nations ban will give new strength and impetus to the efforts that are still needed to end the practice worldwide;
- call upon the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a Resolution to ban female genital mutilation worldwide;
- call upon all governments, and upon all international and regional organizations, to support and promote the adoption of this Resolution in 2011;
- invite all citizens of the world to support this initiative and sign the petition to put an end to this widespread and systematic form of violence committed against women and girls, in violation of their fundamental right to physical and personal integrity.
The Appeal, which was published on 15 November 2010 in the International Herald Tribune, has already been signed by prominent political leaders from 42 countries among whom Chantal Compaoré, First Lady of Burkina Faso, Mariana Mane Sanha, First Lady of Guinea Bissau, Janet Kataha Museveni, First lady of Uganda, Chantal De Souza Yayi, First lady of Benin, Clio Napoletano, First Lady of Italy, Moushira Mahmoud Khattab, Minister of State for Family and Population, Egypt, Raid Fahmi, Minister of Science and Technology, Iraq, Hicham El Tall, Minister of Justice, Jordan, Naha Mint Mouknass, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauritania, the Nobel laureates Nadime Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi and Marty Ahtisaari, as well as parliamentarians, political leaders and civil society activists from countries concerned by the practice of FGM and beyond. The appeal has also already been signed by 40 Members of the European parliament.
Please visit the website for further information on the campaign as well as the list of signatories.