UIP-IGAD: NPWJ welcomes adoption of a Declaration by the Caucus of Women Parliamentarians in support of a UNGA resolution banning FGM worldwide

9 Jan, 2012 | Press Releases

During the 5th Session of the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentarian Union of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (UIP-IGAD), held in Djibouti, on 7–9 January 2012, the members of the Caucus of Women Parliamentarians adopted a Declaration calling for the successful completion of the UN process to ban female genital mutilation worldwide.

Recalling the historic decision of African Heads of State and Governments on 1 July 2011, during the Summit of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to support a Resolution of the 66th ordinary session of the General Assembly of the United Nations for a worldwide ban on FGM, the Declaration urges the African Group at the United Nations to take all steps necessary to implement the African Union’s Decision, in order to ensure that a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation becomes a reality that will reinforce political will and engagement at the highest levels to eliminate this violation of the rights of women and girls.

Download the Declaration

For more information, contact Alvilda Jablonko, Coordinator of the FGM Program, on ajablonko@npwj.org / phone: +32 494 533 915 or Nicola Giovannini on ngiovannini@npwj.org or +32 (0)2 548-39 15.