UN takes step closer toward official ban on FGM

UN takes step closer toward official ban on FGM
By Lisa Anderson, TrustLaw, 26 Nov 2012

 NEW YORK (TrustLaw)— A United Nations committee voted to ban female genital mutilation on Monday, a landmark move led by African countries that almost guarantees adoption of the resolution by the full global body in December.

"The draft resolution urges States to 'condemn all harmful practices that affect women and girls, in particular female genital mutilations, and to take all necessary measures, including enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit female genital mutilations and to protect women and girls from this form of violence and to end impunity’,” said Alvilda Jablonko, coordinator of the FGM program of No Peace Without Justice, in a statement.
The draft resolution also urges the UN Secretary-General to ensure that all UN agencies dealing with women and girls “take into account the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls against female genital mutilations in their country programmes” and to commission an in-depth study and  report on the practice of FGM globally.

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