NPWJ contributes to UN DPI Briefing on “Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilations”

New York, 7 February 2013

On 7 February 2013, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) contributed to the Briefing “Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation”, which was hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information in New York, in observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss measures and strategies to be implemented in light of the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/146, adopted on 20 December 2012 and calling for a Worldwide Ban on Female genital mutilation.

Gianluca Eramo, MENA Democracy Program Coordinator and head of New York Office of NPWJ, stressed the significance of the UNGA resolution which calls on all states to address and prevent this human rights violation through “all necessary measures, including enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit FGM and to protect women and girls from this form of violence, and to end impunity”.
It is now imperative that governments and civil society around the world take urgent action to ensure that this breakthrough document realises its full potential as a concrete tool in the fight against FGM and that it truly strengthens efforts aimed at the elimination of FGM once and for all.

For more information, contact Alvilda Jablonko, Coordinator of the FGM Program, or Nicola Giovannini, email:, phone: +32 2 548 39 15.