World leaders call for a Ban on Female Genital Mutilation by the United Nations

New York - Brussels - Rome, 15 November 2010

Through an International Appeal published today in the International Herald Tribune, political leaders from 42 countries around the world call upon the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a Resolution to ban female genital mutilation worldwide.
Among the numerous prominent personalities who have signed are 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 Napolitano, 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, Mariam Lamizana, President of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC), Emma Bonino, Vice-President of the Senate and founder of NPWJ, Italy, the Nobel laureates Nadime Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Marty Ahtisaari, Rita Levi Montalcini as well as parliamentarians, political leaders and civil society activists from countries concerned by the practice of FGM and others.
This Appeal has been launched by the international NGO No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC), the European Network for the Prevention and Eradication of Harmful Traditional Practices (EuroNet FGM) and the Senegalese association "La Palabre", in the framework of a campaign aiming at promoting the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a Resolution to ban female genital mutilation worldwide, and by doing so to strengthen this decisive battle for human rights worldwide.
Declaration by Alvilda Jablonko, FGM Program Coordinator of No Peace Without Justice:
“A United Nations General Assembly resolution to ban FGM worldwide would step up and signal the international community’s universal condemnation of this blatant human rights violation, with important implications worldwide. It would serve to strengthen laws that currently ban FGM and provide new impetus for those nations that currently do not have such laws on the books.
Critically, a UN resolution would contribute significantly to a global change in the perception of FGM as a clear human rights violation against millions of women around the world, instead of masking it merely as a cultural, religious or public health issue. This is a shift that women’s rights advocates have tenaciously pushed for over the past two decades.
The time has now come for us to join all the brave activists who have dedicated their lives to this issue and demand that the United Nations take responsibility and finally take the steps 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.
We invite all citizens of the world to support this initiative and sign the appeal on ”.
Download the Appeal published in the International Herald Tribune
Download the press release in English, French, Italian
Watch the video on the Appeal
The Appeal in the news:

World leaders urge UN to ban female genital mutilation 
African Press Agency (APA) - 15-11-2010
Leaders call for genital mutilation ban
UPI (United Press International), 15 November 2010 at 2:49 PM
Appello all'ONU per fermare le mutilazioni
Il Corriere della Sera, pagina 19, 16 novembre 2010
EST - Onu, appello di 42 Paesi contro mutilazioni genitali femminili
Il Velino (Roma), 15 novembre 2010 (17:43)
Donne: Clio Napolitano firma appello a ONU contro mutilazioni genitali
ASCA (Roma), 15 novembre 2010
Appello per adozione Onu del divieto mutilazioni genitali
Apcom (Roma), 15 novembre 2010
"La ablación sólo busca el control de las mujeres"
Emma Bonino, vicepresidenta del Senado italiano. Lleva una década trabajando contra la mutilación genital femenina en el continente africano
Daniel Ayllón, Publico, 16/11/2010
For more information, contact Alvilda Jablonko, Coordinator of the FGM Program, on / phone: +32 494 533 915 or Nicola Giovannini on or +32 (0)2 548-39 14.